According to the latest studies, the paleo diet may cut the risk of heart disease in women. This dietary pattern promotes the consumption of whole, natural foods, such as wild fish, leafy greens, and fruits. Processed foods, legumes, grains, and starches are off limits. Research indicates that women who stick to the guidelines of the paleo diet report better cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced diabetes risk.
Several studies have found that a Paleolithic diet may help prevent ischemic heart disease and improve glucose tolerance. Over time, it can also decrease bad cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure in women. Subjects who followed the paleo diet for three months lost 1.6 inches more off their waistlines and 6.6 pounds more weight than those on a standard “diabetes diet.” These factors combined may improve cardiovascular health and increase lifespan.
In general, the foods approved on a Paleolithic-type diet are high in protein, omega-3s, and complex carbs. This eating plan bans refined sugar, trans fats, and added salt, which are linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Dieters are encouraged to consume vegetables, nuts, eggs, lean meat, olive oil, and avocado. Rich in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, these foods may have long term beneficial effects on chronic disorders, such as type II diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol.
A study conducted at Umea University in Sweden has shown that the paleo diet significantly reduced abdominal fat and body weight in obese postmenopausal women. At the same time, it has improved the lipid profile associated with insulin sensitivity. The subjects following this diet also had lower triglycerides.
This eating plan is more satiating per calorie than a regular low carb diet. People who embrace the paleo lifestyle naturally reduce their calorie intake and stay full longer. This leads to fat loss, improved insulin response, and higher energy.
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that people who followed this diet for 10 days experienced a reduction in triglycerides (by 35%), LDL cholesterol (by 22%), total cholesterol (by 16%, ad diastolic blood pressure (by 3.4 mmHg). Other studies conducted on women have shown that those with fatty liver disease had the most significant decrease in blood lipids and fasting blood sugars.
The paleo diet can improve cardiovascular health in more than one way. By eliminating sugar and processed foods, this plan promotes healthy eating habits. Although its benefits are still debated, the results are quite promising.