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The Paleo diet can lead to prediabetes - here's how

by , 06 September 2017
The Paleo diet can lead to prediabetes - here's how
The Paleo diet, which is rich in vegetables, meat and healthy fats, and contains no dairy, grains or processed sugar, has grown very popular over the past few years. With all your favourite celebrities embracing this dietary lifestyle, you'd think it's a sure-fire way to lose weight and stay healthy. But not necessarily…

Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia have revealed that the Paleo diet is actually far from one of the best diets ever. They've also found that Paleo-esque can lead to prediabetes - a condition in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnostic for type 2 diabetes. Read on to learn more about the link between the Paleo diet and prediabetes.

Australian study finds that the Paleo diet can lead to prediabetes

To reach their findings, the researchers looked at two groups of mice. One group of mice went on a Paleo-like diet of 3% fat to a diet with 60% more fat and only 20% carbohydrates. The other group went on a normal diet.
 
Although the researchers were testing to see if a Paleo-like diet would help the mice with pre-diabetes, they actually found the opposite. The mice who followed the Paleo-like diet gained more weight than the constant group after eight weeks, doubling their fat mass from 2% to 4%. Furthermore, they had worse glucose intolerance and their insulin levels rose.

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“This level of weight gain will increase blood pressure and increase your risk of anxiety and depression and may cause bone issues and arthritis,” said Professor Sof Adrikopoulos, lead author of the study. “For someone who’s already overweight, this diet would only further increase blood sugar and insulin levels – and could actually predispose them to diabetes,” he added.
 

Researchers recommend a more Mediterranean-based diet instead

Professor Andrikopoilos recommends that people trying to prevent prediabetes or type 2 diabetes eat a more Mediterranean-based diet instead of a Paleo-like diet.
 
“A Mediterranean-based diet is backed by evidence and is a low-sugar diet with healthy oils and fats from fish and extra-virgin olive oil, legumes and protein,” he explained. It goes without saying that following a diet that’s low in sugar and full of healthy fats can help stave off prediabetes by keeping your blood sugar levels steady.

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