Ladies, with every pound that you pile on – especially after menopause – your risk of type 2 diabetes increases.
The good news is: You don’t have to go on a hunger strike to lose weight and keep your blood sugar balanced. In fact, a new study out of Sweden shows how going Paleo – and eating MORE of the foods you love – can help make you healthier than ever before.
You see, the Paleo diet focuses on animal protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables – the kinds of things our cavemen ancestors ate. And it works without forcing you to starve yourself.
This newest study followed 70 obese, postmenopausal women who were at a particularly high risk for developing both diabetes and cardiovascular disease (but had not yet been diagnosed with either).
Half of them followed what researchers called a “Paleo” diet consisting of:
• 30 per cent protein
• 30 per cent carbs
• 40 per cent polyunsaturated fats (from meat) and unsaturated (from avocados, olive oil, etc.) and
• no salt, dairy, or refined sugars.
Now, with that many carbohydrates, at best I would’ve called this a “modified Paleo” diet; but the patients ended up losing both weight and belly fat, so I won’t split hairs.
Apart from that, here’s where the study really gets interesting: By analyzing the volunteers’ blood samples, researchers found that the Paleo diet seemed to reduce insulin resistance – a key, early indicator of diabetes.
If you’re already at risk for type 2, avoiding insulin resistance can help bring your blood sugar levels to normal… and KEEP them there.
Plus, previous research has proven that Paleo will keep your weight in check, which can also reduce your risk of heart disease.
I regularly recommend Paleo to my patients, because of all the positive effects it can have on so many different areas of their health.
And they’re always happy to learn that getting healthier – and avoiding proven killers like diabetes and heart disease – doesn’t mean having to go hungry.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Study: Following Paleo type diet may reduce diabetes, heart disease risk, upi.com
Paleo Diet May Help Lower Risk Of Heart Disease, Diabetes In Obese Postmenopausal Women, techtimes.com