Low-carb app for diabetes approved by United Kingdom's NHS

Low-carb app for diabetes approved by United Kingdom's NHS

Diabetes Digital Media's Low Carb Program app has been accepted into the NHS apps library.

The decision is part of health secretary Matt Hancock's pledge to embrace technology as part of a wider effort to tackle high diabetes rates, as well as related conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure.

The Low Carb Program app, available on iOS and Android, now features in the list of online tools approved by NHS Digital, and provides people with type 2 diabetes with the opportunity to make lifestyle changes, chiefly by eating a real-food diet, to help improve their health.

As well as enabling people to lose weight, improve their HbA1c and even put type 2 diabetes into remission, the Low Carb Program is helping to save NHS costs by reducing medication prescriptions. In just over two years, the program has demonstrated a cost saving to the NHS of £835 per person, per year in prescription costs.

Dr David Unwin, a Lancashire GP and 2016 NHS Innovator of the Year who helped to develop the app, said: "I reversed my diabetes on a low carb diet. I don't get any money from inventing the app. I'm just happy to see patients stop their diabetes."

An NHS spokesperson said: "We have very rigorous testing. Patients can be confident of using the app."

See https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2019/jan/low-carb-program-app-approved-by-nhs-digital-92320989.html

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Low Carb Program app approved by NHS Digital

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