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One recent research study on patients with Type II Diabetes, show that the Paleo Diet yields improved glucose control and lipid profiles.
This study is from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and published in 2015. The objective of the study was to “investigate in type 2 diabetes whether a diet similar to that consumed by our pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer ancestors (‘Paleolithic’ type diet) confers health benefits.”
The researchers performed an outpatient, metabolically controlled diet study in type 2 diabetes patients (Masharani, 2015). The study compared the findings in 14 participants consuming a Paleo diet comprising of lean meat, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and excluding added salt, vs. non-Paleolithic type foods consisting of cereal grains, dairy or legumes, with 10 participants on a diet based on recommendations of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The diet of the 10 participants contained moderate salt intake, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and legumes (Masharani, 2015).
In conclusion, the researchers found the following results: Results: Both groups had improvements in metabolic measures, but the Paleo diet group had greater benefits on glucose control and lipid profiles. Also, on the Paleo diet, the most insulin-resistant subjects had a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity (r=0.40, P=0.02), but no such effect was seen in the most insulin-resistant subjects on the ADA diet (r= 0.39, P=0.3) (Masharani, 2015).
In regards to weight loss, according to researchers, the diet that can be easily maintained in the long term will be the most effective. So, one of the best ways to approach any type of diet, is to focus on it’s sustainability, and if the patient thinks it is not sustainable, then altering it to fit the lifestyle and needs of the patient is perfectly fine!
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