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Paleolithic v diabetes diet.

In 2009, Dr Tommy Jönsson ran a test of a Paleolithic (old stone age) diet versus a recommended Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The patients spent 3 months on one diet type, then switched to the other for 3 months.

A Paleolithic diet is a modern dietary regimen based on foods presumably eaten regularly during the Paleolithic, which includes lean meat, fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables, roots, eggs and nuts, but not grains, dairy products, salt or refined fats and sugar, which became staple foods long after the appearance of fully modern humans.

The Diabetes diet stated that it should aim at evenly distributed meals with increased intake of vegetables, root vegetables, dietary fiber, whole-grain bread and other whole-grain cereal products, fruits and berries, and decreased intake of total fat with more unsaturated fat. The majority of dietary energy should come from carbohydrates from foods naturally rich in carbohydrate and dietary fiber. Salt intake was recommended to be kept below 6g per day.

The Paleolithic diet produced better outcomes on 7 key measures (HbA1c, tricylglycerol, diastolic blood pressure, weight, BMI, waist circumference, ‘good’ cholesterol).

Glucose improvements were better for the Paleolithic diet, but were not clinically significant.

The Paleolithic diet was mainly lower in cereals and dairy products, potatoes, beans and bakery products, and higher in fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs, as compared to the Diabetes diet.

No advice was given to restrict intake. However, lower reported intake during the Paleolothic diet agrees with the notion that such a diet is satiating and facilitates a reduced caloric intake.


August 30, 2010 - Posted by | Atkins, Diabetes, Diet, Fibre, Fish, Health, High blood pressure, Paleolithic, Success, Sugar, Tommy Jönsson, Whole grain

1 Comment »

  1. Nice read. Blood pressure and hypertension have been interests of mine for a long time, and I think that a balanced holistic approach is overall the most promising. You have to eat healthy, exercise, and regularly watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and then things should be not too hard. We have lots of info on all that on Blood Pressure Experts, everyone interested is welcome to take a look.

    Oh and don’t believe what they often tell you about good and bad cholesterine.. there’s a trick to it that most people don’t know about!

    Comment by Marina Orozco | September 19, 2010 | Reply

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