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A Primal Look at Gestational Diabetes

February 14 2017 - Every pregnant woman I've ever known has hated the oral glucose tolerance test. Yet, they still do it. Drinking a tall glass of sickly sweet orange-flavored glucose water on an empty stomach is thorou...

The Best Way to Get Diabetes: Follow the Diabetes Dietary Guidelines

August 30 2007 - - I recently came across this outrage from the most authoritative diabetes organization in the country: (more…)

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

January 23 2008 - While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weig...

Keto and Type 2 Diabetes

February 07 2018 - If you think of Type 2 diabetes as carbohydrate intolerance, the natural dietary response should be to restrict the offending dietary component. And when this occurs—when diabetic patients restrict...

Keto and Type 2 Diabetes: Is It a Cure?

September 06 2018 - If you think of Type 2 diabetes as carbohydrate intolerance, the natural dietary response should be to restrict the offending dietary component. And when this occurs—when diabetic patients restrict...

Diabetes Can Kiss My Butt

August 21 2009 - It?s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark?s Da...

Went Primal, Ditched the Diabetes Meds

August 26 2009 - I'm 56 years old and have been a type 2 diabetic since I was 32. When diagnosed, I went on the American Diabetic Association exchange diet, which is 50%+ carbohydrates. Believe it or not, the diet wor...

What About Type 1 Diabetes?

October 25 2012 - You hear a lot about type 2 diabetes on this and other sites in the community. It's easy to see why: type 2 diabetes is the "lifestyle" diabetes, the preventable one, the one that "doesn't have to hap...

Did a Wrinkle in Human Evolution Predispose Us to Diabetes?

February 28 2011 - A new mice-with-an-engineered-human-genetic-deficiency study is out that promises to shed light on why humans are so darn diabetic and obese - and the cause is an evolutionary "mistake." A deficiency ...

Type 1 Diabetes No Match for Primal Lifestyle!

October 26 2012 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

A Primal Look at Gestational Diabetes

February 14 2017 - Every pregnant woman I've ever known has hated the oral glucose tolerance test. Yet, they still do it. Drinking a tall glass of sickly sweet orange-flavored glucose water on an empty stomach is thorou...

The Best Way to Get Diabetes: Follow the Diabetes Dietary Guidelines

August 30 2007 - - I recently came across this outrage from the most authoritative diabetes organization in the country: (more…)

Keto and Type 2 Diabetes

February 07 2018 - If you think of Type 2 diabetes as carbohydrate intolerance, the natural dietary response should be to restrict the offending dietary component. And when this occurs—when diabetic patients restrict...

Diabetes is Now a Disorder of the Small Intestine?

March 07 2008 - I'm not a doctor... and I don't play one on TV, but fer cryin' out loud, when will they learn? I just want to SCREAM sometimes. Seems bariatric surgery as a possible cure for type 2 diabetes was not e...

What About Type 1 Diabetes?

October 25 2012 - You hear a lot about type 2 diabetes on this and other sites in the community. It's easy to see why: type 2 diabetes is the "lifestyle" diabetes, the preventable one, the one that "doesn't have to hap...

Did a Wrinkle in Human Evolution Predispose Us to Diabetes?

February 28 2011 - A new mice-with-an-engineered-human-genetic-deficiency study is out that promises to shed light on why humans are so darn diabetic and obese - and the cause is an evolutionary "mistake." A deficiency ...

Does a High-Fat Diet Cause Type 2 Diabetes?

August 24 2011 - This is a special guest post from Denise Minger (thank you, Denise!). When fear-inducing news headlines hit the papers (and airwaves and iPads...) -  High-Fat Diet Linked to Breast Cancer, Eating Who...

A Smackdown Cometh: Big Pharma Vs. Pumpkin Farmers

July 09 2007 - Forget insulin injections - the humble pumpkin may be a suitable treatment for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics in the near future. Researchers found that plain old pumpkin extract helped worn-out pa...

Dear Mark: Acid Load and Type 2 Diabetes, and the Safety of Homemade Baby Food

November 18 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a question about dietary acid load and type 2 diabetes. A new study's just come out suggesting that the acid load of the diet does indeed have a significant...

Does Eating Red Meat Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

August 16 2011 - If you already eat Primal, your email inboxes are most likely filling up with links to the story. Concerned mothers clutching the local paper's "Health" section are calling (or, if they're hip, textin...

Dear Mark: Exercise-Induced Asthma, CBD for Diabetes, Warm-ups In the Morning

March 26 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions from readers. First, what's the deal with exercise-induced asthma? Is there anything we can do to lessen its impact and incidence? Secon...

Dear Mark: Metformin for Life Extension, Too Many MEDs, MED for Lifting Addict, and Horseback Riding

July 20 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions. First, does the diabetes drug metformin have life-extending potential for non-diabetics? Then, the final three questions come from the c...

How to Exercise with An Autoimmune Condition

March 23 2017 - Autoimmune diseases really throw the body for a loop. You're attacking your own tissues. Your inflammation is sky high. What's usually good for you—like boosting the immune system—can make it wors...

Dear Mark: Why No Soy in PK Teriyaki, What Slackline to Buy, and Type 2 Diabetics and Keto

July 04 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, why did I leave out soy sauce from the Primal Kitchen® No Soy Teriyaki Sauce? Second, what slackline do I recommend beginner...

How to Succeed with the Primal Blueprint

August 04 2009 - So, you've decided to take up the challenge to go Primal or Primal-keto. Now what? First things first. You have to know the basics. If you're new to the Primal Blueprint the following article will be ...

This Is a Big Fat Blog Post

January 12 2007 - Apples, as you know, this is a pro-fat health site - pro-fat meaning we recommend eating beneficial fats, of course, not getting fat. There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to fat - heart...

Is the Paleo Diet Supported by Scientific Research? – Part 2

July 07 2015 - Last week, I countered claims that "paleo gots no science" with summaries of five recent (and not so recent) papers supporting the paleo/Primal approach to diet. The reception to that post was strong...

Dear Mark: Exercise Rapid Fire, Hunting, Pull-ups, Type 1 Diabetes

January 22 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first question is actually 5 questions, so it's closer to 8 questions overall. Good deal. First, I answer 5 questions a...

3 Ways to Regulate Insulin That Have Nothing to Do with Food

June 06 2017 - Today's guest post is served by a good friend of Mark's Daily Apple, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, or as you might know her—The Paleo Mom.   Regulating blood sugar levels is a key feature of any he...

Dear Mark: BCAAs, and That Weightlifting Article with All the Exclamation Points

January 08 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a pair of questions. First, a new study comes out and claims that branched chain amino acids increase the risk of insulin resistance and, eventually, di...

A Primal Look at Gestational Diabetes

February 14 2017 - Every pregnant woman I've ever known has hated the oral glucose tolerance test. Yet, they still do it. Drinking a tall glass of sickly sweet orange-flavored glucose water on an empty stomach is thorou...

Is Keto for Everyone? Cautions, Caveats, and Contraindications

June 21 2017 - In a few months, I'll be releasing a book extolling the virtues of a ketogenic diet. I'm currently several months into a ketogenic experiment, which is going well. I just wrote a Definitive Guide exp...

Ask a Health Coach: Pre-Diabetes, Detoxes, and What’s More Important, Diet or Exercise?

June 10 2021 - Hey folks! Erin back to answer more of your questions. If you’re struggling to keep your blood sugar balanced, just coming off a 30-day challenge, or want to know the real solution for long-term wei...

Sting-Free News

March 02 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites 9 out of 10 taste-testers agree: Today's wrap contains 100% more flavor than the leading competitor. What a Headache The FDA swipes 15 migraine medications off the sh...

Make a Better Choice

December 29 2006 - As mentioned yesterday, the national health report card has just been released by the NIH. My fellow Americans, we did not make the honor roll. We are not number one. (Though there's a roll, all right...

Your Belly Bone’s Connected to Your Brain Bone

March 28 2008 - A study published online in this month’s Neurology suggests that people whose waistline expands once they hit age 40 are more likely to develop dementia in their 70s than their slimmer peers. For...

Ask a Health Coach: Is Eating Healthy Even Worth It?

September 10 2020 - Hey, folks. If you’ve ever wondered if watching what you eat is really worth it, you’ll want to check out today’s post. PHCI Coaching Director, Erin Power is here answering your questions about ...

Dear Mark: Sugar in Blackstrap Molasses, Eating Cheat Foods All at Once or in Installments, and Healthy Pooping with a Fused Knee

October 26 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. The first one concerns blackstrap molasses, a type of sugar I've suggested people eat for its rich mineral content. Does the value of ...

Dear Mark: Palmitic Acid and Eating Speed

March 03 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm discussing the seemingly evil qualities of palmitic acid, the preferred storage form of body fat in humans and many other mammals. Studies seem to indicate that p...

What Would You Give Up to Be Thin?

January 29 2007 - I'm pretty shocked by what people are willing to trade to be thin. Limbs? Eyesight? Marriage? Lifespan? Children? I'm shocked, because avoiding obesity really doesn't have to be so dramatic. Yes...

What About Type 1 Diabetes?

October 25 2012 - You hear a lot about type 2 diabetes on this and other sites in the community. It's easy to see why: type 2 diabetes is the "lifestyle" diabetes, the preventable one, the one that "doesn't have to hap...

Monday Musings: Intergenerational Diabetes, New and Improved Pasteurization, Sitting is Still Bad, and Really Old Wine

January 17 2011 - Diabetes is that rare brand of nasty disease that fails to strike real, visceral fear. It doesn't carry the weight of a cancer or an AIDS or a heart disease. It's something you get, like a gut, a long...

Maybe There is Such a Thing as Too Much Information

March 29 2012 - A couple weeks back, the LA Times published a piece on a geneticist's experience with "personalized medicine." Based on careful and constant monitoring of his sequenced DNA and around 40,000 health ma...

How to Exercise with An Autoimmune Condition

March 23 2017 - Autoimmune diseases really throw the body for a loop. You're attacking your own tissues. Your inflammation is sky high. What's usually good for you—like boosting the immune system—can make it wors...

Popular Blood Tests—the Facts, Ranges, and Alternatives You Should Know

May 03 2017 - I'm of two minds when it comes to blood testing. For myself, I'm not a huge fan of obsessive, frequent testing and optimization. I have a good idea about how to optimize my health through the actions ...

The Beginning of the End?

July 08 2008 - Driving my daughter Devyn to the airport yesterday morning at 5:30 (she's off to a summer-school program in Florence) I was stunned by what I was hearing on my radio. Apparently, the American Academy ...

News on the Seedling Front

April 29 2008 - A report out this week offered some of the latest news on children’s health in the United States. Researchers from Duke University and the Foundation for Child Development studied trends in the heal...

Dear Mark: Calorie Intake While Nursing, Tom Hanks and Type 2 Diabetes, and DHA Bad for Adults?

October 21 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three question roundup. First, I hear from a nursing, weight-lifting, child-chasing mother of four who's concerned about the amount of food she's craving ...

“What’s That?” Ear Health: Dietary and Lifestyle Choices that Preserve It

April 13 2017 - Sure, they’re not exactly the sexiest body part, but it’s fair to say that life with substandard ear health would be notably less enjoyable. And as it happens, millions of Americans would be able ...

Is the Paleo Diet Supported by Scientific Research? – Part 2

July 07 2015 - Last week, I countered claims that "paleo gots no science" with summaries of five recent (and not so recent) papers supporting the paleo/Primal approach to diet. The reception to that post was strong...

Do Coffee Brewing Methods Matter For Health?

May 13 2018 - Coffee is a perpetual topic of interest, and for good reason: Almost everyone drinks it, almost everyone is passionate about it, and it's packed with compounds that are pretty darn good for you. One a...

Primal and Keto Collagen Recipes

February 25 2020 - Mark’s said it before: He advocates for collagen to become the fourth macronutrient. Collagen supports collagen-based structures in the body, such as fascia, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin, nai...

Diabetes Can Kiss My Butt

August 21 2009 - It?s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark?s Da...

Went Primal, Ditched the Diabetes Meds

August 26 2009 - I'm 56 years old and have been a type 2 diabetic since I was 32. When diagnosed, I went on the American Diabetic Association exchange diet, which is 50%+ carbohydrates. Believe it or not, the diet wor...

Type 1 Diabetes No Match for Primal Lifestyle!

October 26 2012 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: Former Marathoner Beating Diabetes

June 20 2009 - Thanks to active forum member and fellow Primal Blueprinter, DiabetesCanKissMyButt. Let it be an inspiration to anyone who is living a similar story. Follow DiabetesCanKissMyButt as she journals he...

How I Ditched My Diabetes Medication and Found a New Life Plan

November 28 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

How Being Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Improved My Entire Life!

June 09 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Pictures Don’t Tell the Whole Story

August 27 2009 - Mark, I just got back from my endocrinology appointment when I saw the latest contest. I'm no picture of health yet but things are looking a heck of a lot better than they did before I started on P...

Complete Turnaround After Only Two Months

May 16 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

My Transformation Was So Miraculous I Went on to Coach 200 Others

January 13 2017 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

I’m No Longer Anxious About Not Having Food Available

August 17 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

January 23 2008 - While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weig...

Did a Wrinkle in Human Evolution Predispose Us to Diabetes?

February 28 2011 - A new mice-with-an-engineered-human-genetic-deficiency study is out that promises to shed light on why humans are so darn diabetic and obese - and the cause is an evolutionary "mistake." A deficiency ...

Does a High-Fat Diet Cause Type 2 Diabetes?

August 24 2011 - This is a special guest post from Denise Minger (thank you, Denise!). When fear-inducing news headlines hit the papers (and airwaves and iPads...) -  High-Fat Diet Linked to Breast Cancer, Eating Who...

Study Finds Low-Carb, High-Protein, High-Fat Diet Associated with Lowered Diabetes Risk

February 13 2008 - Chalk yet another one up for low-carb, high protein diets: A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that a vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the...

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

June 27 2007 - BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half si...

Fasting versus Carb Restriction: Which Works Better for What Scenarios

June 13 2018 - Both fasting and carb-restriction appear to operate along similar physiological pathways. Both lower carbs. Both increase fat-adaptation. Both have the potential to get you into ketosis. Both lower in...

Is There Really an Obesity Paradox?

December 09 2015 - A couple weeks ago, I linked to an article discussing the "obesity paradox"—the idea that across many different studies and populations, people with slightly overweight and even obese BMIs often ...

Is the Paleo Diet Supported by Scientific Research?

July 01 2015 - People constantly demand proof for the efficacy of the Primal eating plan. And I'm glad they do. The Primal Blueprint makes sense on an intuitive level, and those success stories we see every Friday ...

Dial in Your Carb Count

September 14 2010 - Most folks who decide to give the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge the old college try do so to correct an underlying health issue. Maybe their cardiologist’s recommended dietary plan hasn’t been...

Reader Response: Insulin Index

June 26 2008 - Reader Pete asked for some thoughts on the “Insulin Index,” a measurement chart similar to the glycemic index. While the glycemic index calculates the relative blood sugar rise induced by given fo...

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