Family Physician Robert Oh Attacked His Prediabetes With Low-Carb Paleo Diet

Robb Wolf’s version of the paleo diet plus stopping his statin drug was just the ticket for Robert Oh, M.D., to cure his prediabetes, or at least put it into remission. Dr. Oh couldn’t blame genetics, physical inactivity, or obesity for his prediabetes. He was very active with CrossFit and had a healthy BMI of 23 at the time of his diagnosis. everydayHEALTH has the story. A quote by Dr. Oh:

Since I was already doing everything in terms of fitness, I began to experiment with my nutrition. Being a CrossFit fanatic, I heard about the low-carb Paleo diet, which is popular in the CrossFit community. Based on gut instinct alone, I took the 30-day challenge described in Robb Wolf’s book The Paleo Solution. Even though I started at 150 lbs. on my 5’7” frame, at the end of 30 days, I had lost eight pounds of body fat and felt great. Most importantly, my hemoglobin A1C, a marker of glucose control, dropped back to normal.

We’ve known for a few years that statin drugs are linked to type 2 diabetes in some way. Is it possible that Dr. Oh’s prediabetes cure stems simply from his discontinuation of the statin? Yes. I’ve not seen any studies to tell us whether statin-associated diabetes is reversible, nor how quickly.

Steve Parker, M.D.

4 responses to “Family Physician Robert Oh Attacked His Prediabetes With Low-Carb Paleo Diet

  1. This is true. I am living proof. Thanks Robb Wolf.

  2. Charles Grashow

    Which is a more important measure? Fasting glucose or A1C?

  3. Certainly not an uncommon scenario. We have to take caution in the statin-diabetes link and keep an open mind. The data is certainly strong in the area of diabetics and statin use as far as benefit long term. The question left to answer as you said is whether statins “cause” diabetes in some people and how reversible it is. I feel the general trend is to shy away from immediate and gut reaction statin initiation with simply high LDLs, at least I see that in my community. Lots of good questions, and only time will give us answers. As I have stated in several posts, Statins are not inherently the devil, and they provide real benefit to certain populations. All that said though, those populations are often put in a position to benefit from statins due to long-term carbohydrate intake. Start way back at the cause, and statin use AND need will go down. Thanks for posting!