An app that educates users and offers various ways of reducing their carbohydrate intake is available on the NHS apps library.
The Low Carb Program also offers recipes and meal plans, encourages patients to track their health data, and can be connected to fitness trackers via Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The tool can be offered in a bid to try and prevent type 2 diabetes or place it into remission. The Program was developed by Diabetes Digital Media (DDM) in partnership with Southport GP Dr David Unwin – NHS Innovator of the Year in 2016.
DDM has partnered with Ascensia Diabetes Care who will support NHS healthcare professionals who play a role in managing people with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and obesity to implement the program at their surgeries.
The Low Carb Program can be customised and personalised to demographics, disease profile and dietary preferences. It tracks blood glucose levels, weight, sleep, and has a food diary, allowing patients to control their metabolic health through a lower carbohydrate approach.
Ros Barker, country head for Ascensia Diabetes Care said: “We are delighted that Ascensia’s partnership with DDM to deliver this life changing program will enable more people across the UK to sign-up for the Low Carb Program by encouraging GPs to make it available on the NHS. Our team will be visiting and providing support for GP surgeries across the country to implement the Low Carb Program.”
The Low Carb Program is approved by QISMET for delivery as structured education within the NHS and is certified as a MHRA Grade I Medical Device, complete with a CE Mark in compliance with EU regulations.