An introduction to low carbohydrate management of type 2 diabetes



A course for all specialist and primary care health professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes.

Delivered as two three-hour sessions, from 1330 to 1630 UK time 

on Wednesday October 13th and 27th 2021

Cost: £50 to include course handbook (pdf)                                     CPD certified (6 hours)

Over recent years there has been increasing interest in the role of low carbohydrate diets in the management of diabetes. It is now recognised as a valid intervention in type 2 diabetes by several specialist societies, including Diabetes UK, the British Dietetic Association, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). ADA also suggest it has a role in the management of type 1 diabetes. Several clinicians in the UK and US have adopted this approach and shown it to be effective in many patients in reducing weight, HbA1c and medication use, thus generating significant cost-savings. In many cases, patients have put their diabetes into remission.

Most diabetes health professionals were trained in an era when a high carbohydrate, low fat diet was recommended for people with diabetes, even though it is, by definition a condition of glucose intolerance. Some remain sceptical about the benefits of a low carb approach, or anxious about adverse effects.

Dr David Cavan, Consultant Endocrinologist and Author will lead the training, with contributions from Tara Kelly, a dietitian with extensive experience in low carb management of diabetes, and Dr Lynne Kirkwood who will discuss low carb initiatives in the Regis PCN in Sussex*. We will also hear from two people who have achieved remission of type 2 diabetes using a low carb approach. The course is suitable for all health professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes. 

During interactive sessions, the well established and CPD-accredited course will cover topics including:

  • What is a low carb diet?

  • The role of a low carb diet in managing and reversing type 2 diabetes

  • Adjusting medication on a low carb diet

  • How to support people in initiating and maintaining a low carb diet 

  • Integrating a low carb diet into your diabetes service

Places are limited to ensure an interactive learning experience.

*Please note this event is being held on behalf of Regis PCN, and is open to health professionals from other areas who would like to attend.  When booking, Regis PCN staff should enter the access code provided to them.




Session 1 – 13th October


1315  Registration 

1330  Welcome, introduction and goal setting

1350  Type 2 diabetes – risk factors, reversibility and lifestyle management

1420  What is a low carb diet?  Group discussion

1450  BREAK

1500  What is a low carb diet?  Presentation

1540  Low carb living with type 2 diabetes 

1600  Low carb in practice – initiation, monitoring, medication adjustment and on-going support

1630  Summary and close


Session 2 - 27th October

1315 Registration 

1330 Welcome and introduction

1340 Case studies – group discussion and feedback

1450 BREAK

1500 Implementing a low carb service 

1540 Low carb living with type 2 diabetes 

1600 Next steps in your own practice

1610 Any questions?

1630 Summary and close

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