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The Science of Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with low carbohydrates

Tuesday, 26 February

6:15pm to 8pm, House of Commons


Diabetes is the fastest-growing health threat facing our country and nearly three times as common as cancer. Around 60 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making lifestyle changes: having a healthy balanced diet, moving more and losing weight, if you are overweight.

Once Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, scientists have demonstrated how bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes can help people reverse their Type 2 diabetes. In 2018, NHS England announced it will trial a low calorie diet programme for up to 5,000 people with Type 2 diabetes. But is a low calorie diet the only diet that can help people with Type 2 diabetes?

The meeting will look at the current evidence on how to manage and potentially reverse Type 2 diabetes through a low carbohydrate diet and what policy makers can do to help.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Aseem Malhotra, Consultant Cardiologist, Professor of Evidence Based Medicine and author of The Pioppi Diet
  • Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
  • Dr Zoe Harcombe, Obesity Researcher and author of The Harcombe Diet

Consultant Cardiologist, Professor of Evidence Based Medicine and author of The Pioppi Diet, Dr Aseem Malhotra, will discuss his views on the evidence behind the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and what can be done to reverse the condition both for individuals and the population. Dr Malhotra will also present his data on the evolving science of the understanding of heart disease and what lifestyle changes can be implemented to significantly reduce its risk.

He will be joined by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP who will talk about his own personal experience in weight loss and sending his type 2 diabetes into remission and what political action is necessary to curb obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Joining them will also be Dr Zoe Harcombe, Obesity Researcher and author of The Harcombe Diet, who will speak on her views on the current public health dietary guidelines, nutrition and obesity.


There is not a one-size-fits all approach and it is extremely important that dietary recommendations are based on good evidence rather than individual opinions. People with diabetes considering losing weight should get support and advice from a healthcare professional.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com

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