I just realized I started this blog six months ago with the idea that I’d “…share my investigation into whether the paleo diet and lifestyle are potentially therapeutic for people with diabetes.”
I’m frustrated that I haven’t made more progress.
Only a few clinical studies have looked at use of the paleo diet in diabetics. And only type 2’s at that. The Swedes (Steffan Lindeberg/Tommy Jonsson group) and Californians (Team Frassetto) own this field, at this point.
Loren Cordain is at Colorado State University. Don’t they have a research department?
Are S. Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner still in academia?I found an article from 1984 looking at return of diabetic Australian aborigines to their traditional lifestyle. I’ll report here after I analyze it.
Dr. Jay Wortman has done work with aboriginal peoples of Canada. They have lots of diabetes, like the Pima in my neck of the woods. I’ll look for his results.
If the paleo diet is ever going to be more than a fad, we need clinical studies that support it. Shoot, even the cabbage soup diet has glowing anecdotal reports from individuals, but it hasn’t stood the test of time.
Am I missing any clinical studies?
PS: I still expect a flurry of paleo diet studies to be published in the next 5-10 years, involving several types of human participants (diabetics, overweight and obese, heart patients, hypertensives, etc.). Then again, maybe I’m wrong.
PPS: Instead of “paleo diet,” you may prefer Old Stone Age diet, Stone Age diet, caveman diet, hunter-gatherere diet, Paleolithic diet, or Ancestral diet