Is The Paleo Diet Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
the Paleo Diet good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. This is the third question I have received
concerning diets. If you haven’t already, you might want to
check out our videos on the Zone Diet and the Vegetarian Diet. Today we are going to examine the Paleo or
Caveman Diet. So I guess the logical place to start is what
is the Paleo Diet. The name itself lends us some indication. “Paleo” means old or ancient. So in a nutshell the Paleo Diet takes its
followers back to eating the way it used to be. In other words, you eat no processed foods. A list of Paleo friendly foods would include:
Lean meats, Fish, Seafood, Eggs, Vegetables, Some fruit (Berries and the less sugary fruits
are best), Nuts in moderation (and not peanuts) and Natural oils (olive, coconut and avocado
oils For the strict Paleo diet follower this means
no dairy and no grains. Legumes are also not considered to be a part
of the Paleo Diet. The theory behind the Paleo Diet is that it
turns your body from a carb burning machine into a fat burning machine, causing major
weight loss. In other words, the Paleo Diet is much like
any other low carb diet in theory. There have been many studies that praise the
low carb, high fat diet like the Paleo. The problem with those studies is that they
were short term. Until recently there had not been a long term
study on the effects of these types of diets. But, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
decided to do a year long study on the effects of both a low carb diet and a low fat diet
and do a comparison. The study reported the following, “In conclusion,
our study demonstrates that among overweight patients with type 2 diabetes, there was no
significant difference in the weight or A1C change in participants after a low-carbohydrate
compared with a low-fat diet for 12 months. Participants in both arms achieved an average
3.4% weight reduction but did not reduce A1C. Differences in the short-term effects of each
diet were not sustained.” Is the Paleo Diet good for diabetes? Much like any other low carb diet, it can
be, but there is a risk factor of ketosis, plus the psychological game that these type
diets play on you can be frustrating. I won’t say they are bad for you, but I
wouldn’t recommend it either. If you choose to try this diet I would suggest
that you fill in the nutrient gaps, with supplements that include folate, B vitamins, calcium,
and vitamin D. I hope this answered your question is the
Paleo Diet good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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