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  1. Allison
    Allison September 21, 2013 at 8:08 am | | Reply

    I have tried the primal “lifestyle” before (the sister to paleo, but with dairy) and while I felt much better and my blood sugars were great, it was tough to keep up. There is so much good food out there that isn’t paleo and I missed my ice cream. It wasn’t too practical for me but I would love to get back on it again!

  2. Noah
    Noah September 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm | | Reply

    If you let your doctor talk you into statins, make sure you keep track of your Co-enzyme Q10 levels. Statins cause your CoQ10 levels to drop and low CoQ10 has been linked to increased risk of heart attack and depression. You can take CoQ10 supplements, or, you know, try the whole diet (ditch the bleeding carbs, already!) and exercise thing. Your call.

  3. Sujan
    Sujan September 22, 2013 at 2:06 am | | Reply

    Thanks for providing good information about Cholesterol and diet. I am very happy to reading the article. Thanks “WilD”

  4. jc
    jc September 22, 2013 at 8:28 am | | Reply

    In recent years, the “paleo diet,” a diet based on the perceived eating habits of prehistoric people has become wildly popular. But, says paleontologist Christina Warinner, this diet is based on an incorrect view of how early humans lived. Using modern day research, Warinner traces the roots of the human diet to discover what we can really learn from the food of our ancestors.

    Science Debunks the Paleo Diet—Again

    The Paleo Diet Is Uncivilized (And Unhealthy and Untrue).

    If the Paleo Diet fad is so healthy and responsible for brain growth, then why didn’t the Neanderthals survive and thrive? They had 300,000 years in Europe following the diet to make themselves into “Einsteins!” Speaking of Albert Einstein, this is what he had to say on the subject of health and survival: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” &

    You get better results with a vegan lifestyle, without the high risks of cancer and heart disease, which most cavemen didn’t live long enough to experience. It’s eliminating processed foods and eating veggies that make you healthy!

    “Tens of millions of people are enjoying long, healthy, vegan lifestyles today and these numbers dwarf the total number of paleolithic people ever born.”

    1. Nancy
      Nancy November 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm | | Reply

      The paleo diet has been ‘debunked’ as far as how legitimately it sticks to the paleolithic man, but it really hasn’t been shot down in terms of how sound the food choices are.

      1. Shane
        Shane December 14, 2014 at 7:12 am | | Reply

        Veganism sucks. There is nothing fun about eating that way.

  5. Dan Miller
    Dan Miller September 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    First of all, there is no correlation between egg consumption in moderation (2-3 eggs a day) and increase in total serum cholesterol
    Second, even looking at the evidence presented in this article, when a statin is given we are talking about 100 needed to be treated to prevent 1 cardiac even. Could this be chance?

    Don’t forget, statins have all sorts of side effects. Especially when you are taking them for preventative care and plan on having to swallow it for 20, 30, or even 50 years!?

    This article should have touched upon the need for a comprehensive lipid analysis for all diabetics. Such a test is called the VAP test. It will tell you important things such as if your LDL is small or large, what your apob100 is (which is more vital than knowing your total LDL count), LpA levels, etc.

    In addition, look at the French. They have the highest total cholesterol levels and LDL levels yet have the lowest incidents of heart disease. Google it.

    Then remember this: half of all people who have a cardiac event have normal cholesterol levels. Why do people with normal cholesterol have just as many cardiac events as people with high cholesterol?

    The cholesterol theory has more holes in it than Swiss cheese.

    Remember this: The paleo diet does not have to be followed exactly. However, any diabetic’s lipids and glucose reading will improve it they focus on eating lean meats, fats from olives, fish, coconut, and butter, vegetables, and fiber rich fruits such as berries. Use ground almond flour for half of regular flour in recipes. Even if you cheat once in a while, but you focus on limiting carbs, you will see an improvement in your VAP test: Even if you have high LDL, it will be the large fluffy kind. In addition, your triglycerides will drop and your HDL will rise. All of this is because you limit your carbs to no more than 150 grams per day.

    Try it.

    And do not worry, egg have never been proven to be harmful to your health. Show me one study, where consumption of egg is two a day, where cholesterol has risen because of this modification in one’s diet. There is no study to prove this. Google this issue. You will see that all the lipid specialists pretty much agree on this fact.

    What will kill you are Trans fats and omega 6 fats used in processed foods. So will sugar and especially fructose in high amounts. Cholesterol in food and saturated fat are the least of our concerns.

    So, eat as the French, and enjoy butter, eggs, fatty desserts that do not have much sugar, vegetables, meat, and a few glasses of wine. You will be much healthier than if you followed the ADA diet over the long run.

    This Blog needs something to kick them out of their dogmatic slumber when it comes to diet advice.

  6. Benjol
    Benjol September 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm | | Reply

    The raw/paleo stuff sounds a bit like this guy who’s website claims he ‘cured’ his Type 1:

    With a 6 year-old PWD, I’m afraid this all sounds like a fairly tall order!

  7. rikki
    rikki September 24, 2013 at 11:00 am | | Reply

    That’s a very good explanation about cholesterol. That puts everything in the proper perspective.

  8. Hannah
    Hannah September 25, 2013 at 11:34 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the awesome and fact-filled take on the Paleo craze. I’m personally exhausted by the complete scientific illiteracy of its fanatical followers, but I have to admit that it is a generally healthy diet (just not for the reasons its followers think it’s healthy). I think one important thing to note, though, is that the Paleo diet often encourages eating A LOT of meat — and not just the lean variety. Meat can be a healthy part of anyone’s diet, but all the research suggests the less meat you eat the better off you are, and Americans tend to have too much meat in their average diet already without being encouraged to consume more. I think especially for us D-folk, keeping our meat intake humble is probably ideal, and going Paleo promotes the exact opposite.

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