SAD (Standard American Diet) Worsens Knee Arthritis

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SAD (Standard American Diet) Worsens Knee Arthritis

A new study published in the journal Arthitis Care and Research found that consuming an inflammatory diet is associated with increased risk of experiencing greater knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.

This study followed close to 1000 adult patients aged 50-80 followed for over 10 years. Interestingly, while pain scores were higher in those consuming an inflammatory diet, there was no change in joint cartilage volume.

The researchers wrote: “An anti-inflammatory diet may reduce pain among KOA (knee osteoarthritis) patients”.

So, what is a pro-inflammatory diet? One that contains too much sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats, and animal proteins.

What is an anti-inflammatory diet? One that contains whole foods, many vegetables, healthy fat sources, and very little processed food.

Truth is, an anti-inflammatory diet is good for just about every part of your body!

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
drkuzniar@njnaturopath.com

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).