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Monday, June 12, 2017

High Fiber Diet Decreases Arthritis Risks

A high fiber diet has been linked to improved colon and rectal health, reduced cardiovascular disease, and a lower risk for diabetes. Now your morning bran muffin may help fend off certain types of arthritis as well, mainly arthritis of the knee.

Knee osteoarthritis is on the rise among the senior population, especially for those who are overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle. It can unfortunately be very painful and rob you of independence and mobility.

Two new studies published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases evaluated fiber intake and its connection to the disease. Among the more than 5,000 study participants, those who increased fiber in their diets, saw a marked decrease in arthritis risk - anywhere from 30 to 60 percent!

Why the decrease? Experts say fiber may reduce inflammation throughout the body - a primary cause of arthritis - and also control weight. Fiber helps to naturally eliminate waste and toxins which could potentially lead to the damaging inflammation.

The study found that most seniors - ages 65 years and older - do not get enough fiber, averaging only about 15 grams per day. The U.S. FDA recommends approximately 25 to 28 grams daily for adults.

Healthful fiber is found in many foods including fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and most varieties of beans and legumes.

If you feel that you are not getting enough fiber via your diet, talk with your physician about supplements.

For any knee pain that is persistent or severe, of if you have questions about your arthritis risk, please contact us for an appointment.

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