What do stiff, noisy, cracking knees and olive oil, fruits, veggies and red wine have in common? Knee osteoarthritis! Easley knee pain sufferers know that morning routine with “bad” knees, the stiffness and pain that comes with waking up and moving. Young Chiropractic hears our Easley chiropractic patients bemoan this all the time. Those Easley knee pain sufferers would appreciate getting some relief. What is one way to get some relief? The Mediterranean diet that involves, of all things, eating. Young Chiropractic asks “How bad can eating be for Easley knee pain relief?”
Easley OSTEOARTHRITIS SUFFERERS AND THEIR PAIN
Easley knee osteoarthritis is widespread. There are many Easley knee pain sufferers. They are not alone! 240 million people around the world suffer with osteoarthritis. That bothers about 10% of men and 18% of women. (1) Any Easley knee osteoarthritis sufferer knows about the knee pain, the morning stiffness, and the creaky joint motion that lowers the enjoyment of daily life. (1) It’s just not much fun. Now a Mediterranean diet has potential to be fun though!
WHAT TO EAT ON A MEDITERRANEAN DIET
The Mediterranean diet includes eating plenty of fruits and vegetable, legumes and nuts, cereals and seeds, seafood and fish. The Mediterranean diet allows for moderate consumption of dairy, poultry and eggs along with red wine and olive oil as the chief source of dietary lipids. (1) Yum! Consuming a Mediterranean diet can be quite tasty and adventurous for a recent Mediterranean diet enthusiast.
BENEFITS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
Knee osteoarthritis involves inflammation in addition to pain. An analysis of three research reports highlights that biomarkers of inflammation and cartilage degradation due to osteoarthritis decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (1) Particularly, the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1α decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (2) Knee osteoarthritis patients who stuck to a Mediterranean diet have lowered risk of worsening knee pain at four years follow up. For those who did not have knee osteoarthritis at the start of the 4 years project and followed a Mediterranean diet, a 9% lowered risk of acquiring knee osteoarthritis was found. (3) Overall, a higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet is affiliated with improved quality of life and less pain, disability and depressive symptoms. (4)
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses his use of Cox® Technic principles adapted to knee treatment to relieve back pain as well as partner with a patient to get some relief of her knee osteoarthritis pain. The patient was thrilled with the drop in pain on the first visit!
Schedule a Easley chiropractic visit with Young Chiropractic to discover an improved quality of life with some alleviating Easley chiropractic care with Cox® Technic knee treatment plus specific recommendation of a Mediterranean diet for improved quality of life and lessened pain and inflammation. Your creaky, painful knees will be glad you do!