A new paleo diet, which includes a reduced intake of grains, fruit, vegetables and animal products, has been shown to help children with chronic and potentially fatal forms of the metabolic syndrome, the condition that is thought to contribute to Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online on Thursday.
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
The research team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University at Buffalo, New York, looked at the effects of a diet consisting of a reduced-grain, less-flour diet and an alkaline water diet on children with diabetes, as well as children with other metabolic syndromes, such as heart disease and obesity.
The researchers found that the children who were on the alkaline-water diet lost more weight than those on the grain-based diet, but not as much.
In addition, the children on the paleo-based regimen lost less weight than the children with the other metabolic syndrome syndromas.
The children on alkaline diets lost weight by a median of 12 pounds, while those on a grain- and dairy-based and dairy alternative diet lost the same amount, according the researchers.
Researchers said the findings were important because they suggest that people with metabolic syndrome are more likely to develop the disease if they eat a more alkaline, low-fat diet, and this may be a cause for concern for those with the metabolic disease.
Dr. Amy Tompkins, a pediatrician who was not involved in the study, said the research showed that the alkali-water-based method of weight loss is a promising approach for children with metabolic syndros.
She said the alkalinized water diet is a more efficient, nutrient-rich and healthful alternative to the traditional grains and dairy diet, including a reduced variety of fruits and vegetables.
However, the researchers stressed that it is still unclear whether the alkalizing properties of the diet will be enough to offset the negative effects of metabolic syndrome.
“It is important to note that these findings do not prove that the paleos are good for children,” Dr. Tompins said.
“We are continuing to do more research to understand how well these approaches work for children.”
Dr. Andrew S. Farrar, a professor of nutrition at the University College London, said it was not clear how many children are using the diet, or whether it would help those children with Type 2 Diabetes.
“This is a very promising new approach, and I think it’s important that we continue to test the efficacy of this approach,” Dr Farram said.
The findings of the study were published in Pediatrics.