Low Carb Management of Diabetes
A one-day course for health professionals

Designed for all specialist and primary care health professionals

involved in the care of people with diabetes

October 3rd 2019, Village Hotel, Bournemouth BH7 7DZ

Cost: £72 including refreshments, lunch and course materials

Over recent years there has been increasing interest in the role of low carbohydrate management of diabetes.  It is 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 suggests 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 carbohydrate approach, or anxious about adverse effects.

Dr David Cavan, Consultant Endocrinologist and Author, has teamed up with Joan Everett and Sarah Marden, who between them have extensive experience in patient and professional education, to develop a brand-new course suitable for all health professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes. 


During interactive sessions, the course will cover topics including:

  • What is a low carb diet?

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

  • Adjusting medication on a low carb diet

  • Using a low carb diet in type 1 diabetes

  • 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. 



Course Facilitators

Dr David Cavan was a consultant physician at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre from 1996 until 2013.  Early in his career he developed an interest in patient self-management education and together with Joan Everett and colleagues developed the BERTIE programme for people with type 1 diabetes, the BERTIE online course, and innovative educational models of care for insulin pump therapy. 


In 2011 he turned his focus to a lifestyle approach to the management of type 2 diabetes, and in 2014 wrote his first book, ‘Reverse Your Diabetes: the step by step approach to taking control of type 2 diabetes. This was followed by ‘Reverse your Diabetes Diet’ in 2016, ‘Take Control of type 1 Diabetes’ and the ‘Low Carb Diabetes Cookbook’, both published in 2018.

He left Bournemouth to take up the role of Director of Policy and Programmes at the International Diabetes Federation in Brussels, which he held for over three years.  He has since set up a lifestyle management programme for type 2 diabetes in Bermuda and is piloting a similar intervention in Kenya, while also working part time at the Poole Diabetes Centre.


Joan Everett worked as a diabetes nurse specialist at Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre from 1992 until 2008. During this time, she pioneered several innovative approaches to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These included developing the BERTIE education programme, establishing Bournemouth as one of the largest centres for insulin pump therapy and developing and delivering training courses for health professionals. 


For the past 11 years she has continued teaching patients and health professionals. She currently teaches the X-PERT programme. She has found great success with the low carb approach, which has enabled many individuals to reduce body weight and HbA1c.


Sarah Marden joined the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre ten years ago as a specialist diabetes dietitian and worked with Dr David Cavan and Joan Everett in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes education.  She currently works there on a sessional basis and is also an educator with the X-PERT diabetes programme.  Over the years she has seen how high carbs, slow carbs and counting carbs have been the focus of dietary management of diabetes. 


In recent years she has witnessed the benefit of low carbohydrate diets for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrate awareness education and working out carbohydrate tolerance has been key to these individuals meeting their goals. Some have managed to put their diabetes into remission; many others have improved blood glucose control on reduced medication - some even coming off insulin.  She has found that a low carb approach can be rewarding and empowering for many with Type 2 diabetes, where traditional diets have failed.

And the following great contributors

Emma Porter is co-author of The Low-Carb Diabetes Cookbook and the creator of the incredibly popular food and health blog thelowcarbkitchen.co.uk.  Emma has a worldwide audience that appreciate her simple yet delicious approach to creating low-carb dishes suitable for the whole family. Emma has been featured in numerous publications including BBC Good Food, Women’s Health Magazine, The Sun, The Telegraph and Women’s Own. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 17 years old and uses a low carb lifestyle to help manage her diabetes, together with an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor. Emma lives in Cheltenham with her three year old daughter and husband and is currently pregnant with her second child.  Emma will join us to discuss low carb management of type 1 diabetes.

Catherine Cassell has been nursing for almost 30 years and has been a general practice nurse for the past 15 years.  She has been advocating low carb as a treatment option for over two years. It has  transformed the lives of many of her patients, including many who have achieved remission of type 2 diabetes, reversed pre-diabetes and/or lost weight. This work led to Catherine being nominated a finalist for the RCNi ‘patients choice’ nurse of the year 2018.  Catherine will discuss the practicalities of offering a low carb option in general practice.












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