In April of 2015, Masharani U et al published research in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition examining how the standard American diet centers on the pathophysiology of numerous chronic degenerative diseases, namely, Type 2 diabetes. By any objective measure, it has become obvious to any onlookers that since the inception of the American Diabetes Association in 1940, rates of Obesity and Diabetes have exploded far beyond epidemic proportions.  

The authors of this article sought to determine whether or not a hunter-gatherer type diet conferred metabolic and or physiological benefits on individuals who suffer from type 2 Diabetes. They examined 24 participants, 14 of whom consumed a Paleo Diet comprised of lean meat, fruits, vegetables, & nuts, with an American Diabetes Association recommended diet, comprised of low-fat dairy, grains, & legumes. 

The authors measured outcomes including blood pressure, urine electrolytes, insulin resistance, & lipid levels. While no significant differences were found with blood pressure, or urine electrolytes - possibly because of the short duration of the intervention - the authors did discover that the Paleo Diet group showed greater improvements in insulin control and lipid profiles - meaning they had a more favorable ratio of good cholesterol and fat to bad - when compared to the A.D.A group. 

They also discovered that when the most insulin resistant subjects were analyzed, that the Paleo Diet conferred a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity, while no such effect was observed for the A.D.A. group, concluding that the adoption of even a very short term Paleo Diet, is preferable to an American Diabetes Association diet for improving lipid profiles, & insulin control in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. 


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