Low Carb Program celebrates its 7th anniversary this World Diabetes Day
Low Carb Program celebrates its 7th anniversary this World Diabetes Day

The Low Carb Program celebrates its seventh year of service today.

The Low Carb Program is a multi-award-winning, evidence-based structured education and behaviour change self-management platform. In fact, it even supports some people to achieve remission.

Launched on World Diabetes Day in 2015, the Low Carb Program has developed from providing NHS certified structured education for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to also supporting people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

The programme was developed with Dr David Unwin and feedback from over 20,000 people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The programme provides a 16-week NHS certified structured education course and ongoing weight management programme (if applicable, based on the user’s weight) tailored to goal, disease profile, ethnicity, age, gender, and location and provides remote-monitoring capabilities for health self-management.

The digital programme is available on the web and mobile devices (iOS, Android) with offline version available for people who are digitally excluded.

The programme is demonstrated to support significant health improvements at 1-year for people with type 2 diabetes:

  • Weight loss: 7.4kg / 7% average weight loss at 1-year
  • HbA1c: 1.2% / 13mmol/mol average HbA1c reduction at 1-year
  • Medication reduction: 40% of participants who start on medication eliminate it at 1-year
  • Type 2 diabetes remission: 1 in 4 participants with type 2 diabetes is in remission at 1-year

The Low Carb Program is used across the NHS to provide digital care for people with obesity, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The programme was instrumental in driving the acceptance of a low carbohydrate diet as a method of managing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

More recently, the app was shown to be as effective as face-to-face care when used during the COVID pandemic to provide hospital weight management support.

Charlotte Summers, Chief Operations Officer of DDM Health said: “I am thrilled to see the Low Carb Program reach this 7-year milestone! The programme has helped almost half a million people reach their diabetes management goals, maintain a healthy weight, and achieve prediabetes and type 2 diabetes remission where possible.”

Type 2 diabetes remission wasn’t considered possible 10 years ago. I’m delighted to be part of one of the largest drivers of change.”

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