More than 29 million people in the nation suffer from diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now a new study is pointing to low carb diets as the way to lose weight and reduce your risk, reported Diabetes Health on Friday.
Swedish researchers conducted a study that lasted for two years comparing overweight people with type 2 diabetes. One group ate a low-fat diet, while the other followed low-carb guidelines.
Both groups lost weight, but the group on the low-carb weight loss plan had lower blood glucose and a reduction in inflammation. Both improvements are key to diabetes prevention and reversal for those with type 2.
The Paleo low carb diet has been shown to reduce inflammation while boosting weight loss, according to CBN News on Friday. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, arthritis, cancer, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues and even dental problems.
Mark Sisson, author of "The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy," says that he used the Paleo approach to reverse his own health problems. "Most of what ails people today could be, if not cured, substantially mitigated with a few lifestyle corrections, first and foremost being diet," he stated.
And Mark emphasizes that he has evidence that the Paleo diet works both for weight loss and health. "We've got hundreds of thousands of user experiences on my site, Mark's Daily Apple," he noted. "Of people who've embraced this program who've said, 'Not only did I lose the weight but my blood work improved and my energy levels improved.'"
The plan involves eating protein, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables while eliminating dairy and grains. And those who claim that removing those two food groups isn't healthy earn the ire of Robb Wolf, another Paleo diet guru and author of "The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet."
"The Paleo template is just Evolutionary Biology applied to food and medicine," Robb told me in an exclusive interview. "My research associates have published papers demonstrating not only that a Paleo diet provides all the nutrients for health, but that the Paleo diet is, calorie for calorie, the most nutritious way one can eat."
As for the current food pyramid that emphasizes whole grains, Robb points to the increase in obesity and diabetes. "It has been a complete failure," he declared.
In terms of using the Paleo diet for weight loss and improving health markers such as blood pressure and cholesterol, Robb is an advocate of customizing it. He recommends Chris Kresser's "Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life" as a guide to personalizing the Paleo diet for individual needs.