Written by Claire McDonnell Liu (@LeafieHealth)
A petition, calling to reinstate Dr. David Unwin’s Sugar Infographics, to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is gathering momentum internationally.
The sugar infographics, freely available to download via the UK’s Public Health Collaboration charity, are widely used by clinicians and individuals as a straightforward visual guide to understanding and comparing how the body responds to sugars and carbohydrates in foods.
Dr. David Unwin MD, LCDU 2019 presenter of ‘Can we beat T2 Diabetes? HOPE on the horizon‘, is a UK based GP who has long been a proponent of treating diabetes and related metabolic conditions primarily with low carbohydrate diets.
Dr. Unwin’s practice has received a number of awards for their very successful ‘low carb lifestyle’ approach that routinely reverses the course of and puts diabetes type two into remission, saving his practice around $A100,000 each year on diabetes medications.
NHS Innovator of the Year 2016 Dr. David Unwin’s (NICE endorsed) Sugar Infographics help individuals to understand the potential impact of sugars and starchy foods on their blood glucose levels. The impactful infographics use the glycemic index (GI) to visually display the equivalent teaspoons for common foods, such as pasta, cereals, breads and fruits.
The Glycemic Index (GI) provides an average blood glucose response following eating or drinking carbohydrate containing foods, but not an individual’s glycemic response to foods, as individual’s blood glucose level responses vary greatly.
The petition, which has rapidly gained supporting signatures from around the world, questions the The Sunday Mail article’s rationale as well as the knee-jerk reaction by NICE of withdrawing the Infographics, without any consultation with Dr David Unwin.
LCDU are very supportive of the petition to reinstate Dr Unwin’s infographics, as a clear visual guide to help adults with type 2 diabetes and metabolic health conditions to better understand the potential impact of foods on blood glucose levels.