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A delicious way to reduce your diabetes risk

Ladies, it just doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Once you hit menopause, it seems like the old adage “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” applies to every cookie you’ve ever eaten.

You just can’t eat like you used to…and even when you don’t, you STILL seem to gain weight.

At this point, it’s gone beyond how you look in the mirror or how your clothes fit. Because with every pound that you pile on, your risk of type 2 diabetes soars.

The good news is: You don’t have to go on a hunger strike to lose weight and keep your blood sugar balanced. In fact, a new study out of Sweden shows how going Paleo – and eating MORE of the foods you love – can help make you healthier than ever before.

You see, the Paleo diet focuses on animal protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables – the kinds of things our cavemen ancestors ate. And it works without forcing you to starve yourself.

This newest study followed 70 obese, postmenopausal women who were at a particularly high risk for developing both diabetes and cardiovascular disease (but had not yet been diagnosed with either).

Half of them followed what researchers called a “Paleo” diet consisting of:

  • 30 percent protein
  • 30 percent carbs
  • 40 percent polyunsaturated fats (from meat) and unsaturated (from avocados, olive oil, etc.) and
  • no salt, dairy, or refined sugars.

Now, with that many carbs, at best I would’ve called this a “modified Paleo” diet; but the patients ended up losing both weight and belly fat, so I won’t split hairs.

And besides, here’s where the study really gets interesting: By analyzing the volunteers’ blood samples, researchers found that the Paleo diet seemed to reduce insulin resistance – a key, early indicator of diabetes.

If you’re already at risk for type 2, avoiding insulin resistance can help bring your blood sugar levels to normal…and KEEP them there.

Plus, previous research has proven that Paleo will keep your weight in check, which can also reduce your risk of heart disease.

I regularly recommend Paleo to my patients, because of all the positive effects it can have on so many different areas of their health.

And they’re always happy to learn that getting healthier – and avoiding proven killers like diabetes and heart disease – doesn’t mean having to go hungry.

Sources:
Study: Following Paleo type diet may reduce diabetes, heart disease risk
(upi.com)

Paleo Diet May Help Lower Risk Of Heart Disease, Diabetes In Obese Postmenopausal Women
(techtimes.com)

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