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This was posted 2 days ago on the diet forum I frequent:
Actually, I stopped taking Metformin last Thursday since the only carbs I'm eating are veggies and a little fruit. Probably shouldn't have done that without talking to my doctor.

I haven't taken my Blood Glucose in several days... OK, I just took it and it's 120! It was 162 when I began Paleo on the 12th. A long time ago, a nurse told me a reading of 140+ means cellular damage so this is good news.

Every time someone with type 2 diabetes shows up on the forum and adopts the paleo diet, we see a post like this a week or two later. It's completely reliable. Eat a strict paleolithic diet and your type 2 diabetes will go into complete remission in one to two weeks.

Yet, there are around 25 million people in the U.S. with type 2 diabetes. Those cases cost $116 billion in health care costs every year. Even when a dietary solution is suggested, it's usually a "heart healthy" diet that's ineffective for diabetes.

The problem with our health care system isn't that there isn't enough of it. The problem is that our health care system chooses the wrong solutions.

Statistics on diabetes:
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On December 23rd, 2011 09:26 am (UTC), izmirian commented:
I'm not a diet expert but that sounds like it's in line with the small British study which was showing return to normal sugar levels in 1 week with a very calorie restricted diet. Presumably the paleo diet is an easier one to follow.

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On December 30th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
Just to show this is a pretty regular occurrence, here's another person with a similar story from earlier today:


Edited at 2011-12-30 06:23 am (UTC)
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