Is Paleo Eating the Cure for Diabetes?

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


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.


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


  1. >>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>>

    Two years ago I went to an ADA sponsorded convention in NYC at Jacob Javits Center and I came away appalled and certain that because there was so much money to be made from Diabetics, both Type I and II, who had out of control blood sugar numbers, the talk of a cure was really smoke and mirrors.

    95% of the vendors were focused on selling their products, drugs, shoes for after your toes fall off, etc, etc. The suggested foods were rice, white rice (as a Type II I can’t handle brown rice unless I walk about four miles after), high carb was all over the place. The few exhibitors dealing with exercise were barley visited. Dr Oz had been there promoting a youth service organization (he wasn’t selling anything), whose youths volunteered at health centers to help diabetics get on an exercise track. Well, the only ones participating in the aerobic activities were the youth volunteers, most folks just stood and watched. It was pathetic. But what was a crime was the way the exhibiters pulled in new customers. You poor, poor person who has diabetes you just can’t help yourself. I wanted to kick them in the pants.
    Until a diabetic, especially a type II, desires to live (not the inhaling and exhaling kind of living) more then they desire to be a victim to a disease they can control, high carb low fat diet will rule the day.

  2. I’m not surprised the paleo diet beat the ADA diet. Lower carb intake with paleo definitey improves control of blood sugars. Low-GI foods are better for diabetics than high-GI foods.

    The referenced study included only 13 people (10 men, so the results may not apply to women).

    The same Swedish researchers did a study comparing paleo to Mediterranean diet in diabetis. Paleo was superior, they wrote. But again, it was a small study as I recall.


  3. Those small studies usually get dismissed by the big medical journals.

    Too bad. I think they are important as enough of the little studies gives the big guys an excuse to run their mega-studies

  4. What I don’t understand is how anyone can see how this would not be the perfect diet? Nature has provided everything we need and yet we ignore it, and turn poison in to food.

  5. This is good information. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and have been researching the Paleo Diet. It does make sense that the Paleo Diet was more effective. Honestly, the Glucerna products still made my blood sugar spike and sometimes even higher than normal (scary). The other diet that scares me as of late is the HCG diet. 500 calorie a day diets will not work because your body will be in starvation mode and in starvation mode your body will store the fat. And the $$$d they want for their product OY !!!!!

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  7. This absolutely is no surprise and makes perfect sense. Out bodies are not designed to metabolize heavily processed foods of modern times. A low glycemic diet reduces hemoglobin A1c, insulin levels, truncal obesity. It is surprising that americans tolerate being placed on medicine to control their type II diabetes when eating the way we were designed would prevent much of our diabetes problem. No wonder the cost of health care is so high.

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