Can the Paleo Diet Help Diabetes?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-06-16 07:32:09 -0500
Started 2013-06-07 07:58:04 -0500

There has been a lot of discussion about this diet and the benefits of it for diabetic glucose control here on the site. Several members use it to help keep them off meds. Here is an article I found about it.

By: Everyday Health

The popular paleo diet may help with people with diabetes better control their blood sugar.
By Jennifer Acosta Scott
Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD

Could the diet of our cavemen (and cavewomen) ancestors help keep a modern health problem — type 2 diabetes — under control? The concept isn’t as far-fetched as it might sound. In the past few years, the popularity of the so-called “paleo diet” — a high-protein, low-carb food plan that minimizes processed foods and emphasizes meats and vegetables — has skyrocketed, with its proponents touting it as a way to improve health and lose weight. Now, research has shown that it may in fact help people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar.

A study launched in 2011 at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) found that people with type 2 diabetes who followed a “caveman diet” were able to improve their blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol by significant amounts in just two weeks. (Read More)

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Nick1962 2013-06-10 11:32:13 -0500 Report

One sentence I found interesting:
“……..Other study participants who followed a traditional diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association saw little to no improvement.”
Maybe the ADA will step into the 21st century for a change and really look at what they are advocating.

One point of clarification though. The statement:
“…….Many versions of the paleo diet also encourage the consumption of red meats, full-fat dairy products, and saturated fats like butter, which can cause elevated cholesterol levels.”
While it was true for me at least that my red meat consumption went up slightly, the type of diet you’re coming from is a huge factor when deciding to go paleo. If you’re already eating a reasonably healthy diet – which if you are, then there’s really little reason to do this diet – then saturated fats may be an issue. However, if you ate poorly like I did, when you consider the things you are going to give up, your fat consumption goes way down, far offsetting any rise from increased red meats or dairy products.
I ate buttered bagels 3x/week, pre-made, high-fat dinners 5x/week, sandwiches with butter and mayo 3x/week, and of course all the fat that was in snack foods and sweets, all of which are now gone or severely limited.
It didn’t take a study to show how much less fat I consumed – just my grocery receipts. We went from about 10 pounds of butter/year to 3, and I can’t remember the last time I bought oil or Crisco except if it was for cooking/baking for others.

GabbyPA 2013-06-16 07:32:09 -0500 Report

Yes, I agree. The ADA does need to come into current times. That was a very telling comment that I do think is very true.

I do eat the full fat dairy and consume red meat. My cholesterol has gone down since I started doing that and I think you are right. That little bit of fat that I added didn't compare to the junk fats I got rid of. There is so much that we have to learn about what our bodies really need.

Sherelle112 2013-06-07 17:13:31 -0500 Report

Personally I try to eat a paleo breakfast & lunch, but I eat what I want for dinner, within reason!! I've lost 20 lbs since 4/1… so I feel like its definitely helped!!

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