The idea behind the paleo 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.

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.  My patients with diabetes are starting to inquire whether eating paleo-style might be good for them.  At this point, I’m inclined to say “yes.”  But we don’t have much basic science to back up my intuition.  I expect much more published scientific research over the coming decade, in addition to self-experimentation reports by patients.

In these pages I’ll share my investigation into whether the paleo diet and lifestyle are potentially therapeutic for people with diabetes.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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Last modified September 16, 2011

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  1. Hello, I came across your site today when I was researching the paleo diet after watching a half hour special on TV. The special addresses diabetes as well. I can not locate the special but it was a compilation of this one week report that Dr. Kim Mulvihill (CBS San Francisco) did. The link below should get you to the first video and if you type in paleo to the video search the other 4 videos will also come up.


    • Maria, thank you. I’ve seen at least a couple videos in that series. I expect the University of California San Francisco researchers to have their diabetic study published any day now. Until then, I’ll have to find the study on diabetic Australian aborigines who were put back on their ancestral diet, with metabolic improvement. I’ll bet I can find reference to it at Loren Cordain’s website.

  2. And self-experimentation by doctors on themselves! Ha! Amazing what a drastic change in diet (well, at least drastic for me!) will do! Found your site through Dr. Ede’s site. Look forward to reading more!

  3. Steve! I’m the Editor at DiabetesDaily and I’d really really love to talk you about our Syndication program for active bloggers with great knowledge to share…like YOU. I’m also a Type 1 and a big fan of a paleo-like lifestyle.

    I’d really love to chat with — ginger.vieira@gmail.com.


  4. Steve, finding your blog is a breath of fresh air. I have been playing with different styles of eating to address keeping my morning glucose reading under 85. I am on a pretty strict workout regime and have lost 30 lbs since February of this year. However, I am having difficulty lately burning additional fat and I just started playing with a paleo type diet. I believe that I may follow up with the idea full blown for 90 days and see what the results are.

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