Eating fiber may help prevent osteoarthritis of the knee

May 25 2017 - 5:28am
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Researchers say that there is an association between a fiber rich diet and a decreased risk of knee osteoarthritis.

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Osteoarthritis of the knee is a very painful condition. The pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with this condition can interfere with daily activities of life. A high fiber diet may help prevent this illness.

It has been established that diets high in fiber help with weight loss. High dietary fiber intake may also help prevent flare-ups of Crohn's disease and may decrease the severity of asthma attacks. Researchers have found that osteoarthritis of the knee may also benefit from a high fiber diet.

Knee arthritis can make it difficult to simply walk

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports any joint in the body may be affected by arthritis, but it is particularly common in the knee. Knee arthritis can make it difficult to simply walk and is a primary cause of lost time at work and a serious disability for a great many people. Osteoarthritis is among the most common type of arthritis.

There is an association between a fiber rich diet and decreased risk of painful knee osteoarthritis

BMJ reports there is an association between a fiber rich diet and decreased risk of painful knee osteoarthritis. This finding is in accordance with other reported health benefits of a diet which is rich in fiber. These health benefits include lower weight, blood pressure, and systemic inflammation, and better blood glucose control.

The American College of Rheumatology reports that dietary fiber decreases risks of metabolic diseases partially by lowering systemic inflammation and body weight. Both of these factors are likely to be causative for osteoarthritis and both are strongly associated with painful osteoarthritis. The finding of an association between consumption of dietary fiber and prevention of painful knee osteoarthritis is compelling.

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