The Low Carb Program, a digital app for adults with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes that supports the transition to a low-carbohydrate diet has been shown to be effective in improving glycemic control and enabling weight loss, new research has shown.

The Low Carb Program is a nutritionally-focused behaviour change intervention that provides education, resources and support to start and sustain a lower-carbohydrate diet.

The research study reported the outcomes of 45 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes who started the Low Carb Program. All participants finished at least 40% of the program’s modules, and 71% of participants completed the program which was defined as completing at least 9 of the program’s 12 core modules.

Participants with type 2 diabetes who completed the program reported an average HbA1c reduction of 7 mmol/mol and a 3.66% body weight loss (-3.54kg) at 12-months.

Participants with prediabetes who completed the program reported an average HbA1c reduction of 3 mmol/mol and a 4.57% body weight loss (-4.08kg) at 12-months.

After 12 months of following the Low Carb Program, more than 80% of the participants remained engaged with the platform.

Charlotte Summers, lead author of the paper alongside Dr Simon Tobin and Dr David Unwin, commented: “We are delighted to show the impact of the Low Carb Program in an NHS primary care setting. Weight management is such an important topic right now, particularly because adults with excess weight are at even greater risk during the pandemic. It’s brilliant to see that the Low Carb Program can support people to sustainably lose weight from the comfort of their home.”

The paper was published in JMIR Diabetes.

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