There are many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that can be used by those with osteoporosis. However, most people are unaware of the fact that there are many simple diet and lifestyle changes that can help to prevent this condition, as well as help to improve it. One of these diet changes is to avoid certain types of foods. Some foods that should be avoided, or simply cut back on, include processed foods, anything with high fructose corn syrup, and meats.
Processed Foods and High Fructose Corn Syrup and Osteoarthritis
In recent medical studies, it has been shown that processed foods can actually worsen any type of arthritis pain. This is because of the high amounts of carbohydrates, fats and additives, all of which can lead to inflammation. It’s ideal to avoid crackers, cookies and general snacks that are highly processed and instead opt for more natural-based foods. Be especially cautious with processed foods that contain refined soybean oil, which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids that actually cause and worsen inflammation that is associated with osteoarthritis.
Foods that are rich in high fructose corn syrup work in a manner that is similar to processed foods. They can worsen inflammation, which can lead to an increase in pain as well. High fructose corn syrup works by stimulating the production of substances that are known for their inflammatory properties.
Meat and Osteoarthritis
Patients with arthritis, including osteoarthritis, should try to reduce their intake of meat, particularly red meat. Red meat is high in amino acid that can lead to inflammation. It’s also a good idea to cut back on all animal proteins, including chicken, and trying to add more vegetable based proteins to the diet, such as beans.
Although avoiding these foods can be very beneficial, these diet changes should never be used to replace any diet or lifestyle changes that have been suggested by a medical professional. They should also never be used to replace any type of prescription drug.