How does the Defeat Diabetes Program work, and how can a low carb approach send pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes into remission? Read the Defeat Diabetes FAQs to learn more.
1. Why should I be concerned about type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the single biggest health issue in Australia. 100,000 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes each year: one every five minutes. People with diabetes are up to four times more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes, three times more likely to suffer kidney failure, amputations are 15 times more common and it is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia.
2. Why should I sign up for the Defeat Diabetes Program?
The Defeat Diabetes Program is a simple, effective and evidence-based program created by world-class Australian doctors and dietitians. It provides a roadmap to recovery for those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and many other metabolic illnesses.
3. How does the Defeat Diabetes Program work?
The Defeat Diabetes Program, founded by Dr. Peter Brukner OAM, focuses on a low carb lifestyle, exercise and sleep as the key to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes and a range of health conditions.
4. What results can I expect to see on the Defeat Diabetes Program?
If you’ve got type 2 diabetes, you can expect improved blood sugar levels almost immediately. This may mean that you need to reduce the dose of your diabetes medication, which is discussed in Lesson 5 of the Defeat Diabetes Program.
5. What evidence is there that the Defeat Diabetes Program can send type 2 diabetes into remission?
There is now a significant body of research that shows a low carb, healthy fat and protein diet can have a significant impact on those with type 2 diabetes.
6. I don’t have diabetes but would like to learn more about a low carb approach to eating. Can I still do the Program?
Short answer: Yes! A low carb, real food diet has been proven to have a profound effect on not only type 2 diabetes, but a range of other chronic diseases. If weight loss is your goal, a low carb healthy fat eating approach - such as the Defeat Diabetes way of eating - has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to lose weight for good. It has also been shown to reverse fatty liver disease, caused by sugary diets. Eating fewer carbs can also help manage and in some cases prevent some chronic conditions such as childhood epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, PCOS and multiple sclerosis.
7. How much time do I need to invest in the Defeat Diabetes Program?
The Defeat Diabetes Program is specifically designed for busy singles, couples and families. The program is self-paced, and our recipes are quick and simple (and delicious!) to prepare, with minimal cooking or chopping. The majority of recipes can be whipped up in under 30 minutes (many can be pulled together on-the-go in under 10 minutes!) and the videos run for 5 minutes on average, so perfectly achievable to fit into your busy schedule. Preparation, shopping ahead and having lots of healthy options in your pantry is key. We recommend a minimum three-month commitment and ideally 12 months on the program to reap the full benefits.
8. Can I do the program with my family?
In a word: Yes! We encourage you to get family involved. The Defeat Diabetes way of eating is safe and beneficial for all age groups, from children to the elderly. And we’ve created plenty of recipes sure to keep young tums happy! In Lesson 12 on the Defeat Diabetes Program, we go further into detail about bringing your family on the journey and the earlier, the better.
9. Is it expensive to eat the Defeat Diabetes way?
No. It doesn’t need to be expensive to eat healthy and nutritious food. With sufficient planning, freezing foods, purchasing seasonal foods, ‘imperfect picks’ and economic cuts of meat, you can easily maintain your budget whilst on the program. In Lesson 7 of the Defeat Diabetes Program we provide practical tips that will ensure you don’t blow your budget.
10. Can I eat out or have takeout meals on the Program?
Yes. We understand that eating out and maintaining your preferred way of eating can feel challenging, however there are many good, low carb take-away and eating out choices you can make. In Lesson 8 of the Defeat Diabetes Program we guide you through a range of popular cuisines and healthy options, and give you tips on how to navigate restaurant eating stress free.
11. Can I drink alcohol on the Defeat Diabetes Program?
Many alcoholic drinks can be enjoyed in moderation, but some drinks should be avoided due to their very high sugar content. In Lesson 8 of the Defeat Diabetes Program we go into further detail with tips and tricks for eating and drinking out.
12. Can I eat fruit on the Defeat Diabetes Program?
Yes. We recommend staying away from high fructose fruit (also known as ‘nature’s candy’). Further information about specific fruits to go for - and which to avoid - is included in the Defeat Diabetes Program.
13. Can I drink coffee on the Defeat Diabetes Program?
Yes. Just pay attention to what you add to your cup. Opt for full fat milk and avoid added sugar, syrups and chocolate powders.
14. I’m active / athletic. Will the Defeat Diabetes Program provide enough energy for me?
Yes. Increasingly, elite sportspeople are reducing their carb intake and replacing it with healthy fats, and this is particularly true for endurance athletes. This is because the Defeat Diabetes way of eating burns fat for fuel, rather than sugar. A low carb lifestyle is especially helpful for the recovery and treatment of inflammation.
15. I’m vegetarian / vegan. Is the Program suitable for me?
You can definitely live a nutritionally balanced low carb vegetarian lifestyle and still put your type 2 diabetes into remission. There are many nutritional benefits to eating animal-based foods, but more importantly, fats are essential macronutrients and important to include with all meals. We cover this in more detail in Lesson 6 and have developed a vegetarian version of the Defeat Diabetes food list to make things easy for you.
16. I’m sensitive to dairy / nuts / gluten. Can I participate in the program?
Yes. Simply substitute or avoid any ingredients you're sensitive to. You're always welcome to add alternative options to suit.
17. I have high cholesterol. Can I participate in the Defeat Diabetes Program?
Yes. The Defeat Diabetes way of eating is low in carbs and avoids seed oils so is likely to improve your LDL profile. While a diet high in saturated fat might increase your overall LDL cholesterol, it is carbohydrates and seed oils which turn it bad.
18. I have fatty liver. Can I participate in the Program?
A low carb or ketogenic diet as recommended by Defeat Diabetes has been shown to reverse fatty liver. Recent evidence has made it clear that sugar, especially fructose, is associated with increased fatty deposits.
19. I have an auto-immune disease. Is the Program suitable for me?
The Defeat Diabetes way of eating promotes low carb consumption, effectively reducing inflammation and modulating the immune response. As a result, it could be an effective tool for reversing symptoms of autoimmunity.
20. I’m pregnant. Is the Program suitable for me and my unborn child?
It’s recommended to reduce your carb intake while pregnant to avoid suffering from gestational diabetes, which occurs in 12-14% of pregnant women, so the Defeat Diabetes Program is a good option if you want support while reducing your carbs.
21. I have type 1 diabetes diabetes. Can the Defeat Diabetes Program help me?
Evidence suggests that a low carb diet can help manage type 1 diabetes, however we recommend to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator as you'll need to adjust your insulin as your blood sugar stabilises.
22. Will I be provided with 1-on-1 support from a Defeat Diabetes expert?
No, you will not be provided with 1-on-1 support. However, you will have access to our exclusive Member Facebook group where our experts provide insights, you’ll receive support from the Defeat Diabetes team and your fellow program members. If you have a specific question, please reach out to us at
23. I’m taking medication. Is the program OK for me?
If you have type 2 diabetes and are taking either of the following it is critical that you consult with your doctor before beginning the Defeat Diabetes low carb program as your dosage will need to be reduced:
24. What is the Defeat Diabetes Risk Calculator?
It is an online risk assessment tool designed for people without a current diagnosis of diabetes and is intended to highlight a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years. It is not a diagnostic tool and the results are not medical advice.
25. How do I join the Defeat Diabetes Program?
It’s simple! There are two ways to become a Defeat Diabetes member – you can sign up via the
26. How much does it cost to join the Defeat Diabetes Program?
We have three membership options available. We recommend a minimum three-month commitment to see results. But at less than the price of one cup of coffee per week, our annual membership offers you the best value. Options are below:
27. How do I join the Defeat Diabetes Program on the website?
It’s easy! Simply follow the steps below and join thousands like you have transformed their health.
28. How do I join the Defeat Diabetes Program via my app store?
Using your device, simply go to your app store and search ‘Defeat Diabetes’ and tap ‘Get’ or ‘Install’ and follow the prompts to select your membership type. Once you’ve entered your details and made your purchase you’re ready to access our rich library of multimedia content, recipes, meal planners and more!
29. Why does the Defeat Diabetes Program cost to join?
We’ve worked hard to keep the program as affordable as possible so that it can reach as many people as possible impacted by type 2 diabetes. We’ve also provided the opportunity for you to trial the program for free before committing to purchase.
30. Can I try the program before I purchase?
Yes, you can! We understand that people want to experience the program before committing to a membership. For this reason, we’re offering a 14 day free trial for both our Annual and 3-month memberships, and a 7 day free trial for a 1-month membership. You must enter your credit card details upfront, but can unsubscribe at any time during your trial period and you will not be charged.
31. Can I get the program on my desktop, laptop or tablet?
The Defeat Diabetes program is a mobile-only program available via an app on iPhone and Android smartphones only. While some tablets may be compatible, it has not been designed for use in this way. We may offer the program on other devices in the future.
32. I have a promotional code. How do I use it?
In the sign-up area of the
33. Does my membership auto renew?
Yes, your membership auto-renews and you will be alerted via email prior to your renewal date. You can cancel at any time via your web or app store account. You will still have access to the program until your subscription period ends.
34. Can I share the program with my family?
For Apple users, the answer is yes! You can share the program with up to five other family members. Simply follow this guide to set up
35. I joined and paid for the Defeat Diabetes Program on the website and have been double-charged when downloading the program from my app store. Can I get a refund?
Yes – you do not need to join the program twice! You simply need to sign-in to the app using the details you signed up with on the website. Please send us an email to
36. Can I log into the program on both Apple and Android?
At the moment we are not able to share a subscription across both Android and Apple devices, as you subscribe via different businesses for each (Apple uses the Apple Store and Android uses Google Play Store). You can only access Defeat Diabetes on a device from the platform that you joined.
37. I have an older mobile phone. Can I get the program?
You must have
38. How can I cancel my membership?
If you subscribed via your app store, you may cancel your membership at any time from
39. I joined Defeat Diabetes via the App Store or Google Play and am not happy with it. Can I get a refund?
You may be eligible for a refund, however you must lodge a report within 48 hours of purchase. For purchases via the website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and transaction receipt.
For Apple users, go to https://reportaproblem.apple.com. Once signed in, click 'Report a Problem' and fill out the necessary details to submit your refund request.
For Android users, login to play.google.com/store/account. Once signed in, click 'Order History' and find the order you want to return. Select 'Request a refund' or 'Report a problem' complete the form and note that you’d like a refund.