An insanely popular yet controversial diet, diabetics are left to wonder - is Paleo for me?
Following an ancestral diet has never been more hip; you'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about it. For the masses that are fending off gluten, it fits nicely due to it's grain-free status, making it a naturally gluten-free diet.
With its high fat, high protein and low carbohydrate composition, bacon lovers rejoice; but could it be more harmful than helpful to a diabetic-cum-caveman?
What Exactly Constitutes 'Paleo'?
According to Robb Wolf: "In simple terms the Paleo Diet is built from modern foods that (to the best of our ability) emulate the foods available to our pre-agricultural ancestors: meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits, roots, tubers and nuts. On the flip side we see an omission of grains, legumes and dairy."
Benefits of a Paleo Lifestyle for a Diabetic
Many have been successful at ameliorating diseases such as pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes with diet changes such as these. The most rapidly growing and overwhelming diseases facing today's population simply didn't exist for ancient people.
A high fat/high protein diet may hold potential concerns for those living with cardiac disease and kidney insufficiency. However, a limited bottom line for carbohydrates seems to be quite beneficial for overall glucose control.
Be sure to talk with your health care team prior to starting on the Paleo Diet. Shifts in diet and weight can have a large impact on the dosing of diabetes medications.
What's the Science behind This?
Christina Warinner has some incredibly convincing scientific arguments against the basic tenets of this modernized ancient diet.
Watch her Ted Talk called "Debunking the Paleo Diet" and decide for yourself.