Researchers reveal that following a Paleo diet helps in weight loss and lowering of A1C levels, according to a new study published in April 2018.
The Paleo diet is primarily a diet similar to that followed by our ancestors during the Old Stone Age period. Such a diet is high in protein and low in processed carbohydrates. Paleo diet does not comprise of food such as corn, wheat, rice, dairy, legumes, including peanuts, beans, peas, green beans, as well as vegetable, soybean, corn, safflower oils, alcohol, and refined sugars.
The author of the Paleobetic diet, Dr. Steve Parker, believes that this diet has the potential to control diabetes. This diet includes nuts, seeds, proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy oils.
The author explains that a low-carb paleo diet is beneficial for diabetic patients, whether type 1 or type 2, saying that “Low-carb in this context means 50-80 grams per day of net carbs (total carbohydrate grams minus fiber grams). People who can tolerate a high-carb-gram count might include those with very high activity levels, or relatively mild type 2 diabetes with significant residual insulin production by the pancreas plus low insulin resistance.”
Parker also alerts us about the life-threatening effects of some Paleobetic diet causing hypoglycemia. For which, he advises people to consult their certified diabetes educators or dietitians before adopting the diet.
A previous study conducted in 2017 in Sweden showed that overweight and obese type 2 diabetics who followed a paleo diet for 12 weeks experienced an average weight loss of 15 lb (7.1 kg) and drop in hemoglobin A1c by 1%.
Studies also show that adopting this diet helps drop blood pressure by 10%, which seems to be of great use to diabetics as most of them suffer from high blood pressure. Further research, however, needs to be conducted to establish positive and consistent results of this diet on a large population.