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Skip the Spaghetti?

Posted on February 18, 2019

Is your diet contributing to your osteoarthritis? Maybe so, according to researchers at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. A recent study from the OMRF shows that eating too many carbs can contribute to an increased chance of developing the condition.

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis in the United States and happens when the cartilage that cushions bones in the joints breaks down, leaving bones rubbing against one another.

If that sounds painful to you, that’s because it is. When bone scrapes against bone, it is extremely painful. Over time, it can also make regular movements such as walking, climbing stairs and eventually even sitting or lying down very difficult.

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

The primary contributing factors to developing osteoarthritis include age, physical jobs, repetitive motions, joint injuries and genetics. But, what about pasta? What’s the connection, and do you need to say no more carbonara?

What’s the Connection to Pasta and Osteoarthritis Pain?

The Oklahoma researchers suggest that eating too many carbohydrates contributes to increased body fat, which in turn causes more stress on the joints. This stress can make cartilage wear down faster, leaving you with painful osteoarthritis.

The researchers also revealed that not only does increased consumption of carbohydrates contribute to strain on the joints, but it also can cause higher levels of inflammation and can affect how cartilage-producing cells behave.

So, Should You Skip the Spaghetti?

We recommend moderation in all things, including pasta. While we know that might not be easy, in all honesty, a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and lean meats will serve you and your joints best. The less stress on your joints, the better they will feel, and you may be able to prevent your condition from progressing.

If you’re living with osteoarthritis, we also suggest you look into how personal cell therapy could benefit you. Learn more by calling us at 844-903-7275 to schedule a consultation.

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