MORE PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE LOW CARB PROGRAM IN 2019 THROUGH THE NHS DUE TO NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ASCENSIA DIABETES CARE

Healthcare professionals who feel a need for people to take more control of their health and wellbeing to try and prevent or place type 2 diabetes into remission will now be in a position to offer one of the best tools and support through the NHS in the form of the Low Carb Program, a digitally delivered, evidence-based behaviour change platform for people with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and obesity.

The partnership with Ascensia 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. Ascensia Diabetes Care 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, enabling them to offer the program to their patients on the NHS.

Ascensia Diabetes Care have over 70 years proven history and experience working with the NHS to provide high quality blood glucose monitoring devices. With a diabetes epidemic on the horizon and only a 7.4% uptake of educational programs there is a clear need to provide cost effective diabetes management and prevention solutions, and the Low Carb Program delivered by Ascensia addresses this gap.

Developed by Diabetes Digital Media (DDM) in collaboration with Southport GP Dr David Unwin (RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes and NHS Innovator of the Year 2016) and available on mobile devices (iOS and Android), and as a web app, the Low Carb Program is simple and practical for patients to navigate. The Low Carb Program educates on how they can reduce their carbohydrate intake, offers recipes and meal plans, encourages patients to track their health data, and can be connected to fitness trackers and a number of Bluetooth-enabled devices. Patients can stay up to date with new lifestyle articles added daily and be supported with a peer-support network of hundreds of thousands of people, including Mark who lost 50kg and put his type 2 diabetes into remission, Stella who lost 35kg and placed her prediabetes into remission and Sarah, who reduced her medication dependency by 75%.

Totally customisable and personalised to demographics, disease profile and dietary preferences, the Low Carb Program tracks blood glucose levels, weight, sleep, and has a food diary, empowering 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 has over 380,000 users with pioneering, peer-reviewed outcomes. At 1-year, the average member with type 2 diabetes loses 7.4kg and reduces their HbA1c by 1.2% with 39% of patients placing their HbA1c under the threshold for type 2 diabetes diagnosis*.

What’s even better is that 40% of people eliminate at least one medication from their treatment regime and 1 in 4 people place their type 2 diabetes into remission. Based on a one-year study, the estimated projected saving to the NHS is £835 per patient, per year in medication deprescription alone.

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. The Low Carb Program has also recently undergone the rigorous NHS app approval process and on December 24th 2018 was accepted into the NHS Apps Library, helping patients make better choices about the digital health and care tools they use.

More information about the program can be found at https://www.lowcarbprogram.com/nhs/

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For further information on the Low Carb Program brought to you by Ascensia Diabetes Care, expert comment and Low Carb Program case studies, please contact Joseph Delahunty: +41 79 422 9286 or joseph.delahunty@ascensia.com