In a study published last year, researchers wanted to see if a Paleo-style diet would be helpful to Type 2 Diabetics.
The study included 13 patients with type 2 diabetes (3 women & 10 men)
Over two consecutive 3 month periods, the test subjects ate either:
- A Paleolithic diet based on lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, root vegetables, eggs and nuts, or
- A Diabetes diet designed in accordance with dietary guidelines
Researchers looked at numerous variables to determine the effectiveness of both diets. These variables included:
- changes in weight,
- waist circumference,
- serum lipids,
- C-reactive protein,
- blood pressure,
- glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c),
- and areas under the curve for plasma glucose and plasma insulin in the 75 g oral glucose tolerance test.
At the end of the study, the Paleo diet produced superior results in the following variables:
- lower levels of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c)
- lower levels of triacylglycerol
- lower diastolic blood pressure
- lower body-weight
- lower BMI
- lower waist circumference
- and higher mean values of high density lipoprotein cholesterol
Over a 3-month study period, a Paleolithic diet improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to a Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.
So, how come the ADA is still telling diabetics to eat whole grains and low-fat dairy.
In fact, why is the ADA advocating low-fat anything? Dietary fat lowers GI/GL