how to adapt paleo when you are at risk of diabetes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Thanks to my paleo experience I have learned a lot more about "real nutrition". I love Paleo specially because being low carb seems a good thing to keep away diabetes. I am no diabetic, neither insulin resistant, but my father and my uncle has type-2 diabetes. Therefore I suppose I am more at risk than other people.

I have found a lot of information about Paleo for diabetics, Paleo for pre-diabetic and Paleo for insulin-resistant people. However I have found almost nothing about advice for people with none of the problems, just with more genetic risk.

So far I have only done two things:

1) Adjust my "Perfect Diet" with lower carbs and add more protein

2) Buy a blood glucose meter to learn better how my favorite dishes affect my level

I would appreciate advice about what to do if I am just in risk of trouble, not already on it. Also about how to use a glucose meter as a dieting, prevention and self knowledge tool (like adapting my own cooking to have lower blood glucose impact)

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on March 24, 2012
at 12:20 AM

Hi, Francisco.

Here are a couple more tips to prevent diabetes. Stay at a healthy body weight and do good quality exercise on a regular basis. These may be as powerful as any dietary manipulation. Nevertheless, I'd also avoid concentrated sugars and refined starches (which you're probably doing anyway).


Disclaimer: All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes.


on March 23, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Low carb paleo doesn't need to get modified to prevent diabetes. It will do it "out of the box" I would just follow the diet from robb wolf and/or mark sisson and just keep going to your doc for checkups. I may be wrong but I don't believe you go from not being diabetic one day to diabetic the next. There would be signs leading up the diagnosis.

Just my thoughts.


on March 23, 2012
at 09:21 PM

I'd agree with gismcieri, paleo shouldn't need adapting. Any of the basic brands should be protective against diabetes. I wouldn't get overly trusting of the glucose meter, but it can be interesting to look at your values, particularly upon waking, before and after a meal, and at stages after the meal to track the response. Do that often enough and you may get some meaningful averages to work with, and may be able to correlate that to certain foods. It shouldn't be something you worry about though.

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