Aching knees? If you have osteoarthritis, the answer is probably yes. But while your painful, creaking, aching and swollen knees are caused by the loss of cartilage from your joints, would you be surprised to know that your diet may be contributing to your condition? Researchers at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have found that eating too many carbohydrates can contribute to an increased risk of osteoarthritis.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis in the United States. It affects nearly 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage that cushions bones in your joints breaks down, leaving your bones rubbing against one another.
Several factors can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, including age, physical jobs, joint injuries, genetics and overuse. But, carbs?
Carbohydrates and Creaky Knees - What's the Connection?
According to the OMRF researchers, high levels of carbohydrate consumption can increase body fat levels. In turn, increased body fat can cause excess weight and pressure on your joints. This extra weight and pressure also cause the components of your joints to break down, including your cartilage.
The study found that the main contributors to increasing body fat included fiber and sugar. They also found that high-sugar and high-fiber diets can cause increased inflammation and even changes in the genes of cartilage-producing cells and how these cells behave.
So, Should You Pass Up the Pasta?
For many of us, pasta is life, but like all things, moderation is key. So, while it is OK to indulge every once in a while, we recommend eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding processed sugar and complex carbohydrates.
If you're living with osteoarthritis, we also suggest that you include foods that help fight inflammation and support bone and joint health, such as fruits and vegetables, ginger, turmeric, and nuts. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and reduce inflammation levels in your joints.
While you're at it, we also suggest calling Innovations Stem Cell to talk about the benefits of fat stem cell therapy for your painful and aching joints. Give us a call today at 214-256-1462 to schedule your appointment.