Low carb for doctors, part 1

Low carb for doctors, part 1


Hello, I’m Dr. David Unwin,
I’m a GP working in the north of England. I’ve been here more or less in this office
for 30 years now. For the last 20 years I’ve been quite involved
in educating young doctors, so that’s one of my great interests and then really the important thing
is for the last five years I’ve been using the low-carb approach
for my patients with type 2 diabetes. And I’m really excited to share with you
the brilliant results we’ve got here and the difference it’s made to my life
and the life of my patients. Just to say this in context,
so we have 9,000 patients here, where we have five doctors… And I started first of all
five years ago, I was anxious to help
the people with pre-diabetes. Then the results were so great that
we went on to people with type 2 diabetes. It’s reached the point now that every year we’re spending about
40,000 pounds less on drugs for diabetes than is average for this area and that is drawing
quite a lot of international attention. Although the drug budget savings
are not why we are doing this. It’s to do with the quality
of medicine that we can do and the terrific rewards from working
collaboratively with enthusiastic patients, because that is so new for me anyway. And the purpose of these short videos
is to share some of the things I’ve learned along the last four or five years, particularly the practical tips, so that you as viewers
maybe get some stuff to take home and try out in your own surgeries. So we’ll be going through the sort of
ideal patients that you might begin with, some easy patients to begin with. We’ll be going through things
that you should be measuring. Then the first steps in communicating about
the low-carb approach with your patients, what’s the really easy way
to begin these conversations, how do we politely chat about obesity
with the patient. For me, I have avoided talking
about obesity for years, because I thought it was rude. But we can do this politely. And then we need to think about
what drugs might the patients already be on and what we’re going to do about those. Well, how about safety?
Perhaps we ought to touch on that. What things might worry us?
What are we going to do about those things? And I’m very interested
in patient motivation. This is all about behavior change,
so we have to be interested in motivation. What are the psychological steps
that we can take towards motivating our patients
to bring about change? So we’ll be covering feedback
as part of that. So I hope you are interested. As I said, this approach has made
such a difference to me in this practice. I was ready to retire
about five years ago. I’m still here, I’m enthusiastic… It’s been a great journey,
so let’s make a start. Thank you.

10 thoughts on “Low carb for doctors, part 1”

  1. I am looking forward to this series. I have only recently been encouraging my patients to follow a low carb diet and thus far the results have been very good.

  2. I’m an ophthalmologist in Portugal. I do myself a serious Low Carb, more a Keto, with very good results to myself and to those patients that follow my example.

  3. Hopefully I will be able to incorporate this into my practice. I have many adolescent patients who have insulin resistance and some with type 2 Diabetes

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