A few of my patients have asked me if the paleo diet and lifestyle would be good for their diabetes. I’m not sure. A few pilot studies suggest it would be. I expect much more published scientific research over the coming decade, in addition to self-experimentation reports by patients. I’ll be looking into the matter at Paleo Diabetic.
The paleo diet in modern times began gathering steam in 2008. It’s still not widely known or followed, but the trend is definitely upwards.
The idea behind the paleo diet—also referred to as the Stone Age or caveman diet—is that optimal health depends on adherence to dietary and lifestyle factors to which we’re genetically adapted. Our current mix of genes overwhelmingly reflects the Paleolithic era of human cultural development, starting anywhere from 750,000 to 2.5 million years ago, and ending around 10,000 years ago. It’s also called the Stone Age.
The paleo diet pattern isn’t set in stone. In general, it includes nuts, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, and poultry. It excludes or limits grains, dairy, legumes, sugars other than fruit or honey, industrial seed oils (e.g., from soybean and corn), and modern processed, highly refined foods. Fresh, natural, and “organic” are preferred.
I’ve already got a few posts up and plan on new ones once or twice weekly. If you’re interested, please join me at Paleo Diabetic.