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.