A controlled study of Type 2 diabetics shows that a “stone-age” or paleolithic diet is better at controlling symptoms than a Mediterranean diet.
The main result was that the blood sugar rise in response to carbohydrate intake was markedly lower after 12 weeks in the Paleolithic group (-26%), while it barely changed in the Mediterranean group (-7%). At the end of the study, all patients in the Paleolithic group had normal blood glucose. (via ScienceDaily)
A paleo-diet (also known as a caveman diet) consists of lean meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, root vegetables and nuts. Grains and dairy are to be avoided.
A Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, includes grains and dairy.
The lead researcher (Staffan Lindeberg, Lund University, Sweden) has been researching traditional dietary habits among Papua New Guineans for some years.