Dr David Unwin

GP partner in Southport and RCGP clinical expert in diabetes


Dr David Unwin FRCGP is senior partner of the Norwood Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has worked since 1986 as a family doctor. For the past few years he has been a Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes.  As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and Type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.

In 2016 he was the proud National winner of the NHS Innovator Of The Year Award for published research into lifestyle changes; working with patients’ personal health goals as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes –so that his GP practice spends £38,000 per year less than expected on drugs for diabetes.

He is particularly interested in the low carb-diet as an alternative to lifelong medication in type 2 diabetes and obesity.  As part of this he has also published research into improving lipid profiles, liver function and blood pressure by reducing dietary carbohydrate, especially sugar.

His work has been covered by both.C4 & C5 television, The New Scientist, The Times , The BMJ and most recently on BBC 1 (The Truth About Carbs)



Speaker at Pulse LIVE Newcastle 2018