How The Mediterranean Diet Can Help People With Osteoarthritis

Per a new research, following the Mediterranean diet reportedly helps people suffering from osteoarthritis ease the usual stiffness and joint pain that comes with the condition.

Mediterranean Diet Helps Relieve Joint Pain And Stiffness

Although it comes in many forms, one of the most common forms of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. Per statistics, osteoarthritis affects some nine million people in the U.K. and possibly more in the U.S. As a condition, osteoarthritis usually first affects the cartilage lining of our joint that are supposed to be smooth, making pain and stiffness an issue since it makes our movement more difficult than normal.

And while it is unfortunate that there is no definitive cure of the condition, emerging bodies of work reveal that one particular lifestyle intervention is known to help alleviate these painful symptoms, especially when it affects our knees and hips.

That’s because, per a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, following the well-known and highly-regarded Mediterranean diet can significantly reduce the markers of inflammation while also improving knee flexion and hip rotation in people who are suffering from osteoarthritis.

Commissioned by U.K. charity Arthritis Action, the new study reportedly examined the effects of a usual Mediterranean diet on 99 patients suffering from the rather painful condition. Half of these patients followed the diet for a total of 16 weeks, while the others continued with their usual diet.

“As osteoarthritis is a chronic disease, treatment is primarily about managing the symptoms, and this study shows that eating healthily may help form part of that treatment strategy. Benefits from the intervention in this study were evident after only four months, so it is possible that an even greater benefit could be seen in people who make longer-term improvements to their normal diet,” Dr. Lex Mauger, co-author of the study and director for BSc Sports Science at the University of Kent, said.

“The disease-fighting power of the Mediterranean diet stems from its ability to regulate inflammation by focusing on anti-inflammatory foods (berries, fish, olive oil) and excluding or limiting pro-inflammatory ones (red meat, sugar and most dairy),” the Arthritis Foundation explained.

Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, commonly affecting the hands, hips and knees. Pixabay