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:

  1. A Paleolithic diet based on lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, root vegetables, eggs and nuts, or
  2. 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

CONCLUSION:

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.

QUESTION

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