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Is the Paleo diet safe for diabetics?
Bel Marra Health | Diabetes, Healthy Eating | Monday, September 14, 2015 -
Close to four million years ago cavemen roamed
the planet and, while every aspect of life has evolved since then, scientists
say their Paleo diet could be of benefit to diabetics today.
Paleo diet has many names – some refer to it as the caveman diet; others call
it stone-age diet or hunter-gatherer diet. Whatever the case, it is assumed the
diet includes food available to humans prior to the establishment of
agriculture. The Paleolithic period was about 2.5 million years ago; around the
time humans first started using stone tools.
caveman did not go hungry. Wild animal, fish, fruits, roots, nuts and eggs were
part of the regular diet. Items such as grains, dairy products, salt, sugar and
processed oils were not available since humans had not yet begun cultivating
plants or domesticating animals.
the Paleo diet safe for diabetics?
experts say that eating Paleo can remove foods from your diet that can disrupt
your blood glucose the most. It can also help people lose weight. For starters,
there are not a lot of carbohydrates involved in this diet. One of the benefits
of the Paleo diet is that it provides foods that are satisfying and blood sugar
balancing at the same time. This means that people feel full and experience
fewer cravings. Type-2 diabetes happens when you eat too many
carbohydrates/sugars and your body becomes desensitized to insulin. Since
eating Paleo eliminates refined sugars, as well as grains that can spike your
sugar, it is very effective for diabetics.
are often treated with medications. Some increase the release of insulin,
others slow down the release of glucose from the liver. There is also
medication that suppresses appetite. For many people these remedies come with
side effects, yet the Paleo diet does not.
diet and exercise are two big contributors to diabetes, so it makes sense that
some sort of diet would be part of the solution. Research has shown that the
Paleo diet is more effective for diabetics than most low-fat diets, and can
lead to greater fat loss and metabolic improvements. It can also lead to better
improvement in blood pressure and kidney function than most other diets.
of the Paleo diet on type-2 diabetics
Nutritional experts who promote the Paleo diet
believe that we are biologically adapted to consume pasture raised meat, fish,
seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, etc. They do admit that there is one item
missing from the diet and that’s calcium. For those who are interested in
trying this diet, supplementing with calcium may be important.
really stands out though, is the effects of the Paleo diet on diabetics.
Evidence seems to suggest that this caveman menu is not only safe for those
suffering from diabetes but is beneficial, especially for those who don’t
respond well to traditional therapies.
2009 study reported in Cardiovascular Diabetology outlined the effects of the
Paleo diet on type-2 diabetes. The
standard diabetes diet consists of carbohydrates. As mentioned above, the
Paleolithic diet is based on lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Over
a three-month period participants consumed either a Paleo diet followed by a diabetes
diet or the same two diets in the opposite order. The Paleo diet led to
significantly lower blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), triglyceride
levels and waist circumference; while high-density lipoprotein values were
higher. The study noted a number of improvements in cardiovascular risk factors
as well, compared to people on the standard diabetes diet.
this year, a study was published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition that
focused on the effects of the Paleo diet on diabetics, especially those who
suffer from type-2 diabetes. The authors of the study compared diabetics
consuming a standard American diet with those consuming the Paleo diet. They
measured blood pressure, urine electrolytes, insulin resistance as well as
lipid levels. What they discovered was that the diabetics who were on the Paleo
diet showed much greater improvements in both insulin control and lipid levels.
This means that they had a better ratio of good cholesterol and fat to bad
compared to the group on the standard American diet. They also realized the
people that were on the Paleo diet experienced a significant improvement in
insulin sensitivity, leading them to believe that even a very short time on a
Paleo diet would be preferable to an American Diabetes Association diet for
insulin control in those with type-2 diabetes.
research study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition last
April outlined similar results and in October, 2014, Lipids, Health and Disease
showed that a Paleo diet improved cardiovascular risk factors which are linked
the Paleo diet right for you?
can see through the Paleo diet and diabetes research that the life of the
caveman can still have an influence on us today. The Paleo diet is rich in vitamins
and minerals, unprocessed foods and foods that don’t trigger allergic reactions
as much as the standard American diet does. People who suffer from diabetes
just might benefit from improved glucose control, weight loss and better blood
pressure on this diet. It is very important to note that people who have type-1
diabetes – who produce no insulin – would not be able to stop their medications
and follow a Paleo diet. Not enough research has been conducted on the effects
of the Paleo diet on people with type-1 diabetes.
each of us can have a different set of underlying health conditions, it is
important to consult a doctor before starting any new diet. If, for example,
you have kidney problems or are on certain medications, you may not be able to
safely follow the Paleo diet. The caveman menu does include large amounts of
“bulky” foods, so anyone with intestinal problems will not be able to handle it
who aren’t sure about making a complete commitment to the diet to manage their
diabetes might want to think about including a few aspects into their diet,
such as more berries and vegetables and fewer breads.
diet list for diabetics
While on the surface you may think it doesn’t
sound very extensive, the Paleo diet food list for diabetics does include a lot
of variety. Here are some examples of what you can find on a Paleo menu.
on the Paleo diet you avoid dairy, grains, processed foods and sugars,
starches, legumes and alcohol. Some people refer to this as “cleaner eating.”
subject of Paleo diet and diabetes is getting more attention from nutritionists
and dieticians. While it may not be the diet of choice for everyone, the
mounting evidence of the effects of the Paleo diet on diabetics means more people
are taking notice.
to 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. The North American diet is high
in fat and processed and preservative ridden foods. With diet being one of the
biggest factors impacting diabetes, the Paleo diet is hard to ignore.
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