what does medical community think of Paleo diet?

by (150) Updated February 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM Created February 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What is the level of awareness among medical professionals in regards to Paleo diet?

There are a few researches in regards to success of Paleo diet for various conditions but are docs in general aware of it or do they see it as some funny fad diet?

What has been your experience when you visit your doc with some problem and you must tell that you are Paleo?

Might seem a stupid question but none in my vicinity has even heard of it before... :(

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39204 · February 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I have never in my life had a doctor ask me about what I eat and when I've brought it up they've changed the subject.

812 · February 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Actually, my internal medicine doc was the one who mentioned it to me (although I had been peripherally aware of it) after a physical and I had pre-hypertension, maybe fatty liver, maybe metabolic syndrome.

He didn't particularly say "paleo" or "primal" but more about eschewing processed foods, particularly wheat-based ones, sugars, etc.

He's a pretty good guy. Seems to be very up to date on his knowledge and reading of various things out there (as opposed to some where they've pretty much learned everything they needed back in '82).

3180 · February 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I have found if you say "Paleo" they look at you funny and get all weirded-out. If you say "Low Carb Mediterranean" they treat you like the smartest person alive.

26354 · February 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

My Dr. did not know, but when I explained it to him he said (in a snarky tone), "Hmm, fresh vegetables and organic meat, sounds novel." He was a bit worried about dropping the whole grains, but not overly concerned.

All he asked was that I take a before and 6 month after cholesterol test as well various other tests. Those results convinced him to drop the junk.

11555 · February 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

While most doctors are completely unfamiliar with paleo (just like most of them don't know much at all about nutrition) there is this:


I don't tell my doctor that I'm paleo. I tell him that I eat real food, avoiding all the junk, sugars and flours. Generally, he isn't even that interested.

5584 · February 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

i've noticed some of the doctors i have follow it. i was in the hospital a few weeks ago and the one internal medicine doctor follows it. we talked for a while about our favorite meats.

also, my gastro. doctor follows it for his crohn's. he still needs humira but says the diet is good for health in general. i have to agree. i don't think the diet can put me into remission, but it's a good diet to be on.

579 · February 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

He doesn't seem to know what I'm talking about, but I bet in six months he'll be all about it.

He has the wheat belly book and another book that talks about fruit being okay as long as it's in its natural state with the fiber and to limit it. He leaves them in every room and makes people wait a long time so... So he totally understands about the improvements I had after stopping wheat and why I'm leery of the effects some other carbs were having on me. He's close. He's just got to figure out the lectin connection and he'll come around.

But he's not a mainstream doctor.

11251 · February 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Most don't know. I know a few doctors and it seems there is this tendency to point out there are no studies for various things I talk about. Generally, they are right, though I need to remember to point out some of the acne research is trending in the right direction recently. I also need to point out most studies aren't repeated, nor repeatable for that matter.

Indeed, given the sad state of affairs in research, especially since the introduction of computer modelling- which often doesn't reflect reality at all- entire fields of research need a reboot.

However, if someone has a health problem, it seems like they'll listen at least to some things, because, when it comes to their own health, they suddenly realized how many side effects come with standard medical interventions.

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