Following on from our webinar ‘Low Carb Diets, we have pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar, plus some additional ones on the topic. We have also included useful websites and social media accounts recommended to keep up to date on the subject. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording.

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SACN Report: lower carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes (2021), Public Health England.  Report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on lower carbohydrate diets for adults with type 2 diabetes

Low-carb diets position statement for professionals (2021), Diabetes UK. Position statement for health professionals on low carbohydrate diets

Standards of Care (2021), American Diabetes Association. American guidelines for diabetes based on the latest scientific research and clinical trials

Evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes (2018), Diabetes UK. Nutrition recommendations for adults with diabetes and those at risk of type 2 diabetes

Low carbohydrate diets for the management of Type 2 Diabetes in adults (2018), The British Dietetic Association.  Policy statement prepared by a specially convened BDA working group including members of the BDA Diabetes Specialist Group

Type 2 diabetes in adults: management (2015, updated 2020). National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NICE guidelines for type 2 diabetes

Carbohydrates and Health (2015), SACN. Government recommendations for carbohydrates including latest fibre and sugar recommendations

Management of Diabetes (2010), Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. National clinical guidelines for diabetes

Nutrition Therapy (2018), Diabetes Canada. Nutritional guidelines for Diabetes

ESC Guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases developed in collaboration with the EASD (2013), European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Guidelines developed in association with the European Society of Cardiology

Low Carbohydrate Eating for People with Diabetes (2018), Diabetes Australia. Position statement from Diabetes Australia


Very low carbohydrate ketogenic diets (VLCKD) and diabetes (2021), Dyson P. PhD, RD. Review aimed to explore the role of VLCKD for people with diabetes

Saturated fats and the management of diabetes: the debates, controversies and consensus (2020), Twenefour D and Shields E. Article looking into the role of saturated fats in diabetes management, providing practical recommendations

Special edition: diet and diabetes (2020), Dyson P. Areas of controversy and new research for diet and diabetes

The interpretation and effect of a low-carbohydrate diet in the management of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (2018), Huntriss et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the interpretation and effect of a low-carbohydrate diets in the management of type 2 diabetes

Carbohydrate quantity in the dietary management of type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis (2018), Korsmo-Haugen et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis comparing the effects of low carbohydrate diets on body weight, glycaemic control, lipid profile and blood pressure with the effects of higher carbohydrate diets in adults with type 2 diabetes

Effect of dietary carbohydrate restriction on glycemic control in adults with diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis (2018), Sainsbury et al. Review suggesting that carbohydrate-restricted diets could be offered to people living with diabetes as part of an individualised management plan

Effects of low-carbohydrate- compared with low-fat-diet interventions on metabolic control in people with type 2 diabetes (2018), Zuuren et al. Systematic review finding that dietary carbohydrate restriction to a maximum of 40% results in slightly better metabolic control of uncertain clinical importance than reduction in fat to a maximum of 30% in people with type 2 diabetes

Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: critical review and evidence base (2015), Feinman et al. Support for the use of low-carbohydrates diets as the first approach to treating type 2 diabetes. The research also includes proposed categories for defining ‘low carbohydrate’


7 Day Low Carbohydrate Meal Planner (2021), Diabetes UK. Meal planner with recipes all taken from Diabetes UK, recommended for those following a lower carbohydrate diet

The Low Carb Program (2021), Low Carb Programme. A digital app for a 12-week low carbohydrate diet structured behavioural change programme – specifically designed for people with type 2 diabetes. It is QISMET approved and has been approved by NHS digital

Low Carb Diets for People With Diabetes (2021), Diabetes UK. Position statement for people living with type 2 diabetes all about low carbohydrate diets

Carbs and Cals (6th Edition 2016), Chris Cheyette and Yello Balolia. Visual guide with over 1,700 food and drink photos including nutritional values (including carbohydrate) around each photo

Carbs and Cals App  App for Carbs and Cals, using food portion photos

Carbohydrates: Food Facts (2019), The British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet covering the different types of carbohydrates

Review of the NHS Low Carb Program App A Diabetes Dietitian’s Perspective (2019), The British Dietetic Association. The BDA’s review of the digital app for structured education on a low carbohydrate diet, designed for those with type 2 diabetes

Diabetes – Type 2: Food Fact Sheet (2018), The British Dietetic Association. Fact sheet looking at type 2 diabetes and general nutrition

Healthy Eating for People with Type 2 Diabetes (2017), Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

Hypos, Diabetes UK. Guidance around hypoglycaemia; important to consider with low carbohydrate diets and diabetes

Fibre and Diabetes, Diabetes UK. Practical points around fibre in the diet

What’s your healthy weight when you have diabetes?, Diabetes UK. Guide to different dietary approaches to weight loss


@dtwenefour (Twitter) for Douglas Twenefour RD – Deputy Head of Care at Diabetes UK

@DiabetesUK (Twitter), Diabetes UK (Website) and diabetesuk (Instagram) for Diabetes UK – the UK’s leading diabetes charity

@DiabetesUKProf (Twitter) for Diabetes UK Professionals

@CarbsAndCals (Twitter), carbsandcals (Instagram) and Cals and Cals (Website) for Carbs and Cals – best selling book and app for diabetes, healthy eating and weight loss

@DSG_BDA (Twitter) and dsg_bda (Instagram) for the BDA Diabetes Specialist Group


Nutrition, Diabetes and the Microbiome (2021), Dr Denise Robertson and Douglas Twenefour. 60 minute webinar and accompanying Resource Blog

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes (2020), Mike Lean. 60 minute webinar

Carb Confusion : Carbohydrate & Type 2 Diabetes (2020), Dr Paul McArdle. 60 minute webinar

Diabetes UK Nutrition Guidelines Webinar 3 – Cardiovascular Disease (2020), Douglas Twenefour. 60 minute webinar

Diabetes UK Nutrition Guidelines Webinar 2 – Weight & Blood Glucose (2019), Dr Duane Mellor RD. 60 minute webinar

Diabetes UK Nutrition Guidelines Webinar 1 – Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes (2019), Dr Pam Dyson. 60 minute webinar