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Can the Mediterranean Diet Cure Joint Pain?


The development of knee joints is related
to the beginnings of bipedalism. As we learned that mean we’ve had knees for a long time.
Maybe that’s why they hurt so much. We should probably do this somewhere else. If you know me, you’ll know my knees aren’t exactly in prime condition. And I’ve tried
lots of things to fix them. Complaining… uh… Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to
take more serious action. I came across an article talking about the benefits of the
Mediterranean diet, especially related to joint pain and osteoarthritis. it is high in plant products
like fruits, vegetables, wholegrain cereals, legumes, nuts, and healthy, monounsaturated
fats like olive oil. These kinds of fats have been found to decrease inflammation. The diet
is also either low in red meat or completely vegetarian. The article shares a story of
a woman with osteoarthritis no longer needing the painkillers she had previously been using
since switching to the Mediterranean diet, and implies that everyone can have the same
results. My knees still hurt. Huh. While the author
of this article has no reason to be biased, Daily Mail isn’t exactly well known for
their qualified nutrition advice, so I decided to dig a little deeper. I determined that osteoarthritis is possibly
genetic. Several studies over the last years have shown links between the IL-17 gene and
inflammatory diseases. On the other hand, there are possible. links between gut microbiota
and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, so making diet changes at an early age may in fact help
prevent that particular type of arthritis. At this point, I’m thinking that while diet
may be helpful in reducing some pain, there are too many other factors causing joint problems
for them to be solved by a small diet change. Further research brought me to a study published
in 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This journal is peer-reviewed and
has an impact factor of just under seven, so it is credible. This study investigated
the effects of the Mediterranean diet on quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis,
or at a high risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. They were given a score
from 1-5 for seven different foods or kinds of foods, based on how well they stuck to
the diet. As we can see in this table, groups with a
higher score were less likely to have knee osteoarthritis or fractures of any kind. The
other comparisons shown have negligible differences. This graph displays several comparisons between
the 5 groups. From left to right, it compares physical health composite scale, mental health
composite scale, left and right knee pain, and depression scale. As is shown in the table,
the only thing that seems to have a significant relationship with adherence to the diet is
pain in both knees. In the conclusion, the studies makes a few
claims that aren’t exactly backed up by their data, but everything regarding knee
pain checks out. These conclusions are also supported by several other credible sources
such as these ones. With all of this information, I can confidently say that the Mediterranean
diet can be an effective way to combat joint pain, at least caused by osteoarthritis, as
was said in the original article.

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