Petition to reinstate Dr David Unwin’s Sugar Infographics

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By Claire McDonnell Liu, Nutritionist at

Low Carb GP Dr Unwin’s Sugar Infographics

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 David Unwin
Dr David Unwin @lowcarbGP

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The Sugar Infographics were withdrawn as a result of a recent The Mail on  Sunday article, raising questions on objectivity and evidence.   


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.  


7 Responses

  1. Cheryl Armstrong
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    When will this crazyiness stop. All of these doctors who are bullied by various Associations who are so behind on low carb and how it helps diabetics. It is criminal.

  2. Ronald Schweitzer
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    Please reinstate these very useful infographics. I have used them all the time.

  3. Sarah Barrand FRACGP
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    The daily Mail looks at one part of a complex story,
    guaranteed to make a response, which NICE has promptly done,
    Hopefully its review of the data will reaffirm its support of a useful and motivating tool in this battle for people’s health vs the processed food industry.

  4. Nik Gobel
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    Please reinstate this essential information and trust that people are responsible and intelligent enough to come to their very own conclusion.
    Thank you!

  5. Willow
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    These infographics are incredibly valuable – Ive started to use them at Waminda – South Coast Aboriginal women’s health and welfare corporation #reinstateunwin 100%

    • claire
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      Excellent. Great to hear that they are being used where they are most needed.

  6. Guy Sands
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    I fully support these infographics. A clear visual is to many often more powerful communication than the use of graphs and words. Too much sugar in our diet is effecting our health and costing our health system millions / billions of dollars each year. This man is regognised in his own country as leader…. please see reason and reinstate!

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