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Can a paleo lifestyle help reverse type 2 diabetes?

Answered on February 04, 2015
Created October 16, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Can a paleo lifestyle help reverse type 2 diabetes?

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on October 17, 2013
at 04:41 AM

Because the typical hospital or MD office dietitians (the ones that spout the nonsense emphasizing whole grains) haven't figured out why they struggle with excess body fat. They are blindly following "the standard of care". :(

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on October 17, 2013
at 03:30 AM

@Janknitz, I had heard that ADA dropped their emphasis on carb counting. It's a complicated way to do the thing that Paleo does automatically. They still show it as an option, and list all the foods I mentioned above as ones that should be restricted. They don't list whole grains (except for the legumes) and put most of the emphasis on processed foods.

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:26 PM

(I agree that a Paleo diet on the lowish carb side is very likely to reverse diabetes). But if there is an ADA "carb counting diet", why do diabetes educators and registered dietitians continue to tell people to eat at least six servings of whole grains per day and avoid saturated fat?

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on February 04, 2015
at 12:39 AM

"Reverse" is a loaded word, but it can certainly give you good blood sugar control and it MAY absolutely stop diabetes from progressing. 

I belong to a forum where thousands of diabetics "eat to the meter"  with most of them following a low carb, high fat essentially paleo diet based on Andreas Enefeldt's dietary recommendations www.dietdoctor.com/LCHF.  Most people there try to keep fasting blood sugar between 75- and 85 and post prandial blood sugar well below 140 at 1 hour after the first bite and well under 120 after 2 hours. They use their blood glucose  meter as a guide helping them identify foods that raise the blood sugar too much, though some people need medication or insulin to help keep blood sugars within range, depending on how far along their disease has progressed (Type I's, of course, MUST use insulin, but eating to the meter can keep the need for insulin as low as possible). 

People do see reversal of many of the symptoms of diabetes. 

Sounds like you are on the right track, keep up the good work! 

 

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on February 03, 2015
at 03:36 PM

 

I believe it will help.  In my case I have just finished my fist 30 days paleo.   I have been type 2 for about 5 years, 50 years old, active and I am not overweight.  I am on meds for my blood sugar, but it was creeping up on me and I most likely was going to need more.  My morning blood sugar was 150-160 and now is running 120-130.   During the day it is also not spiking as much as it used too.   I have also lost 6lbs without limiting the amount of food I eat.  I had cut out sugar years ago, but I believe removing the grains helped me.

 

I had been taking Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures and Caties Organic Greens prior to the Paleo diet and have now added a Garden of Life Raw Vitamin.  These are high quality supplements (non-synthetic) which I get on-line from Peaceful Planet.  Peaceful Planet also sells a desiccated liver (Perfect Desiccated Liver), which I am considering adding since I am not fond of liver. 

 

So can a paleo lifestyle help reverse type 2 diabetes? I think you need to try the paleo diet and see how it helps you.  I think it can only improve your blood sugars, as it has helped reduced mine.

 

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on October 17, 2013
at 12:54 AM

As per samc & thhq... I think paleo will greatly help.

Although he's a bit of high pressure salesman... check out Dr Mark Hyman's The Blood Sugar Solution.

I got interested in the whole blood sugar measurement / control / manipulation when a friend was diagnosed Type 2.

It led me to "no fast carbs" (Hyman), then 4 Hour Body, then Primal Blueprint, finally paleo.

It motivated me to change my diet to control my blood sugar response (I bought a meter & strips on ebay). I measured my response to all manner of food & meals.

IMO, these "diets" all occupy similar / overlapping space.... along with Pollan.

It's all about eating real food and avoiding junk.

Adding some muscle will help a lot too , as (imo) muscle is best way to clear / control blood sugar.

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Very likely. Paleo is an automatic version of the American Diabetes Association's carb counting diet, which heavily restricts the same high glycemic foods: fruits, sodas, starches, sugars, milk, legumes and soy.

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on October 17, 2013
at 03:30 AM

@Janknitz, I had heard that ADA dropped their emphasis on carb counting. It's a complicated way to do the thing that Paleo does automatically. They still show it as an option, and list all the foods I mentioned above as ones that should be restricted. They don't list whole grains (except for the legumes) and put most of the emphasis on processed foods.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:26 PM

(I agree that a Paleo diet on the lowish carb side is very likely to reverse diabetes). But if there is an ADA "carb counting diet", why do diabetes educators and registered dietitians continue to tell people to eat at least six servings of whole grains per day and avoid saturated fat?

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on October 16, 2013
at 08:25 PM

Sure can. Just by cutting out the grains & sugar you will be on the way to better health.

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