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Are There Certain Foods That Cause Muscle And Joint Pain?

Are There Certain Foods That Cause Muscle And Joint Pain?

Although research has not proven conclusively that particular foods can increase or decrease the muscle and joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis, people who suffer from joint pain often experience gastrointestinal imbalances associated with inflammation and allergens. It is important to pinpoint food sensitivities and problem foods specific to your body if you have digestive problems and joint pain. Video of the Day Although it is wise to request a blood test from your doctor to ascertain which foods are causing you health problems, you can check your diet to see if certain foods commonly associated with inflammation are causing you joint pain. Fried foods and fast food, prepackaged meals, white flour, processed grains and all forms of sugar, raw or refined, can cause muscle and joint pain. Sugar is stressful, and blood sugar spikes can promote inflammation. Most fats can also contribute to inflammatory pain. These include the partially hydrogenated trans fats in potato chips, processed baked goods and margarine. Also potentially inflammatory are vegetable oils such as safflower oil, corn oil, soy-based oils, sunflower oil and the saturated fats in fatty meats, lard and butter. Alan Goldhamer, osteopathic physician at the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, reports that animal protein and animal fat are the major dietary promoters of arthritic pain. If you eat red meat, your immune system considers the protein to be an antigen and manufactures antibodies to fight it, forming antigen complexes. The immune system usually eliminates these from the body. In people sensitive to animal protein, these antigen complexes are not eliminated and can be packed into various tissues and joints around the body, causing inflammation. Nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, Continue reading >>

Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes And Joint Pain?

Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes And Joint Pain?

Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there are the twin complications of muscle and joint pain. Most of the drug company research shows that simvastatin side effects are barely different from those brought on by placebo. The conclusion is often that simvastatin and related drugs do not really cause muscle pain or weakness and do not contribute to joint problems. Readers tell a different story. A Simvastatin Experience: Q. I took simvastatin for many years to control my cholesterol. Soon after I started taking it, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I don’t know if there is a connection. About six months ago I stopped taking simvastatin; my hips and knees no longer hurt. My latest lab results show an increase in LDL to a bit over the standard range. My HDL is OK. I had also experienced sexual problems, but I attributed those to paroxetine I took for depression. I stopped taking the paroxetine about two months ago and the sexual difficulties have completely disappeared. I feel much better after eliminating both drugs. A. Simvastatin can raise blood sugar and make people more prone to type 2 diabetes. A fascinating study showed that people taking a different statin, pravastatin, together with paroxetine had elevated blood glucose levels not caused by either drug alone (Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, July 2011). Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Joint Pain? The official prescribing information for simvastatin suggests that in the pre-marketing controlled clinical trials the most common adverse reactions that led to treatment discontinuation were: gastrointestinal disorders, myalgia [muscle pain and weakness Continue reading >>

How Can Pain Affect Blood Sugar In People With Diabetes?

How Can Pain Affect Blood Sugar In People With Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications. Continue reading >>

Sugar Aches & Inflammation

Sugar Aches & Inflammation

Yes, you read that right. Sugar-aches. I don’t mean the sugar lust that comes from the aroma of fresh brownies or the Blizzard-of-the-month sign at the Dairy Queen®. I mean what happens after you consume high-sugar foods that in turn create inflammation, aches and pain throughout your body; in other words, sugar-aches. Do You Have Sugar-Aches? This achy feeling may appear as stiff joints, achy muscles, migraines, added asthma or PMS symptoms. Chronic sugar-aches can lead to giving up your favorite pastimes such as golf, gardening, or other activities because you're in too much pain. Let's back up. Where do your sugar-aches originate? They can come from a mocha and muffin at the coffee shop or maybe from a generous serving of pasta, or sub sandwich, at lunch. On the other hand, they may be from the hard to resist candy stash at your co-worker’s desk. You're probably getting the picture ... sugar is hiding, in high amounts in many beverages and foods. While you wouldn’t consume spoon after spoon of plain sugar, you may drink soda or eat popular foods that result in sugar-overload in your body without realizing it. Here's a simple equation to see how much sugar you are actually consuming, beyond what's listed on the label. 4 grams of carbohydrates = 1 teaspoon of sugar in your body. When you check product labels, look for serving size so you can complete the equation for the amount of food or beverage you want to consume. Sugar-Loaded Snacks to be Cautious of: Potato chips: A nine-ounce bag of chips breaks down into 32 teaspoons of sugar (most people can’t stop after four or five chips). If you wash down the chips with a soda, that’s another 16 or more teaspoons of sugar. Dots: One box of movie-theater sized Dots contains 5.5 servings. If you consume the whole b Continue reading >>

What's Causing Your Joint And Nerve Pain?

What's Causing Your Joint And Nerve Pain?

It’s natural to feel a little discomfort in your hands, fingers, feet, and ankles from time to time. Joint pain is a part of getting older and can have a number of causes. But that ache in your foot or arm could also be a problem with a nerve caused by your diabetes. And that’s an issue that could be serious and require quick attention. So how do you tell the difference? It’s the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It affects more than 50 million adults. Often referred to as arthritis, it’s broadly defined as discomfort where two or more bones meet. Though often mild, sometimes sporadic, and rarely an emergency, the pain can be severe, making it hard to move the joint. If you have it, you’ll probably notice changes to your joint like: Stiffness Less range in motion Swelling Redness Tenderness or warmth A tougher time using it A difference in shape The causes of joint pain vary greatly. It could be: Muscle strains or sprains A broken or dislocated bone Gout Hypothyroidism Leukemia Lupus Osteoarthritis Rickets Lyme disease Rheumatoid arthritis Your doctor might call it diabetic neuropathy. It’s pain in your nerves, not in your bones. It happens when high blood sugar harms the nerve fibers. You can get it anywhere in your body, but it most often affects your legs and feet. Anywhere from 60%-70% of people with diabetes have some sort of neuropathy. Most get it after having the disease for 10 years or more. There are many types. But the two most likely to cause problems with your joints are peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. This is the most common form of diabetic joint pain. It affects your legs, arms, hands, feet, fingers, and toes. With ongoing diabetes, joints can no longer respond like they should to the strain and stress placed on them. As a result, Continue reading >>

Could Your Blood Sugar Be Causing Your Joint Pain?

Could Your Blood Sugar Be Causing Your Joint Pain?

I know you’re aware that repetitive stress, sitting too long, being overweight, an old injury, poor posture and even ill fitting shoes can all contribute to joint pain whether that’s in your back, your knee or your neck. But are you aware that your blood sugar and how you manage it can be THE source of your joint aches and pains? You heard that right and here we go again… your diet and your body parts are most definitely connected. I know you’re aware of that and if you follow my articles, you know that certain foods like gluten and dairy can really be culprits for a whole host of health ailments. But now I’m not just talking about what you eat, I’m also talking about how you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, how fast you eat, the stress that is present when you eat and believe it or not, even if you eat! All of these aspects about eating are incredibly important when it comes to managing your blood sugar level. In other words, everything about your pattern of eating including what you eat results in either a stable blood sugar level that gently rolls up and down like the soft swells in the ocean on a very calm day, or it results in jagged spikes that soar upwards like the Eiffel Tower and plunge downward like a roller coaster or maybe your blood sugar rises but then keeps slipping to the bottom where you’ll simply want to eat again to revive your brain and yourself back to productivity. And I can’t leave out the blood sugar that promptly rises with eating but then stays up there like the world’s most efficient hot air balloon, never to come down but also never to really deliver the glucose in your meal all the way into your muscle cells for fuel. You’ll want to eat again even though you just ate, and you’ll particularly want something sweet sin Continue reading >>

5 Top Tips For Dealing With Arthritis And Joint Pain

5 Top Tips For Dealing With Arthritis And Joint Pain

According to official statistics published by the NHS, it is estimated that over 10 million people in the UK are living with arthritis. With the winter months often causing it to flare up for many of us, here are some top tips on pain management for arthritis. Ditch the Sugar High blood sugar levels, which are often caused by eating too many sweet, sugary and processed foods, can damage your joints through a process called glycation, where sugar bonds to proteins causing painful inflammation around the joints. Try swapping white bread and pasta to wholegrains and using natural sweeteners in your cooking such as dates and honey. If you’re struggling, you can always try our Equigluco, which helps balance your blood sugar levels and curb those sugary cravings. Cutting down on the sugar will also help to prevent you from piling on the pounds, which can ease the pressure on your joints. Let the Sun Shine Vitamin D not only supports the body with the absorption of calcium, which helps to ensure a strong bone density, but is also vital for a healthy immune system. This is particularly important, as some types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune conditions, where the immune system mistakenly attacks our joint tissue. Make sure you’re eating plenty of foods rich in vitamin D such as fish, milk, fortified cereals and eggs, getting outdoors to take advantage of the sunshine, or for an extra help with pain management for rheumatoid arthritis take a supplement such as our Forte D 4000. Try Aerobic exercises Regular exercise is really important for those who suffer from stiff joints or arthritis. Although it might sometimes feel like the last thing you want to do, exercise can help to keep your joints supple and may aid reducing some of the pain. Try aerobic Continue reading >>

Foods That May Trigger Joint Pain: Here's What Not To Eat

Foods That May Trigger Joint Pain: Here's What Not To Eat

Joint pain is one of the commonly experienced issues across the world. While most cases are attributed to wrong posture, weak bones, or lack of nutrients, many other instances of joint pain are the result of some injury or other medical conditions like rheumatism, arthritis, and osteoarthritis among others. While it is imperative to understand the exact cause of your joint pain, it is also essential to have an understanding that dietary choices can also help tame or aggravate your pain. Experts suggest that consuming food items that are inflammatory in nature may add to your ongoing joint pain and can even trigger it if you are susceptible to experiencing it. Adding a host of anti-inflammatory foods items may in turn help bring relief. Foods that Can Trigger Joint Pain The essential idea here is to keep a check on inflammation. Though more and more research needs to be called upon to establish this as a fact in entirety, but largely, inflammation causing food items may worsen or at times trigger joint and muscle pain. Some of the most recent studies express that foods rich in sugar, trans fats, processed ingredients and purines are inversely related to the health of our joints. Blood sugar spikes may up the inflammatory response in the body, thereby inducing pain. Follow the list given below to make smarter dietary choices and manage your joint pain better or keep it at bay. "Few items that instantly raise the inflammatory response in the body would include refines sugar, refined flours and carbs, and of course trans fats and saturated fats. People who are overweight are at a higher risk of experiencing joint pain as their joints and bones carry more weight than what they are actually supposed to," said Dr. Ritika Sammadar, Chief Nutritionist at Max Super Specialty, Sak Continue reading >>

Oh Sugar, Really? You’re Giving Me Joint Pain And Inflammation?

Oh Sugar, Really? You’re Giving Me Joint Pain And Inflammation?

1.3k Sharing Slavery is alive and well in our society, but it’s not what you may think. Americans1 are slaves to sugar, and the bonds are tightening every year at a rate of nearly 2%. Back in the 1700s, before the conveniences of modern industrialized life, we consumed, on average, 4 pounds of sugar per year. Nowadays, it’s more like 78 pounds per year. This infographic puts our sugar indulgence in perspective. And how is that affecting us? Is it any wonder or coincidence that disease rates have followed a similar sharp increase, as we have been adopting a high-sugar/high-refined carbohydrate diet over the years? It has taken us many years to finally connect the dots between sugar and disease. It has been a long road because first, we had to come to understand inflammation and disease and then sugar and inflammation. We also went through a phase of fearing and blaming fat, while turning a blind eye to and cranking up our sugar consumption via highly processed foods and beverages. It starts with chronic inflammation and intestinal permeability (leaky gut) It is now common knowledge that chronic, low-grade inflammation is where disease starts. Inflammation is the body’s immune response to conditions like infection, injury, fatty acid imbalance or foreign substances like undigested proteins or bacterial waste products called endotoxins finding their way into the bloodstream. They maneuver their way into the bloodstream when the tightly fitting cells of the intestinal mucosal lining spread apart, which is called intestinal permeability. This occurs for a number of reasons. One big reason is gut microbial imbalance, which can result from antibiotic use and/or a low-fiber/high- sugar diet. Another probable cause of intestinal permeability is emulsifiers in pharmaceutica Continue reading >>

Arthritis & Diabetes

Arthritis & Diabetes

What do diabetes and arthritis have in common? Plenty. People with diagnosed diabetes are nearly twice as likely to have arthritis, indicating a diabetes-arthritis connection. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce or use the hormone insulin sufficiently. Insulin shuttles glucose from foods into cells so it can be converted into energy. Without insulin, glucose remains in your blood (raising blood glucose levels), your cells create less energy and you feel fatigued. What starts off as a hormonal problem can evolve into joint problems, in addition to the widely known cardiovascular problems. Diabetes causes musculoskeletal changes that lead to symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness; swelling; nodules under the skin, particularly in the fingers; tight, thickened skin; trigger finger; carpal tunnel syndrome; painful shoulders; and severely affected feet. After having had diabetes for several years, joint damage – called diabetic arthropathy – can occur. Continue reading >>

Insulin

Insulin

HIGH INSULIN, High Sugar These can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. High insulin symptoms include weight gain, especially in the abdomen, sugar cravings, fatigue, high blood pressure, joint pain, other pain syndromes, high triglycerides, and gout. It is very possible, however, to have high insulin and have none of the above symptoms. High Insulin, one of the most profound and pervasive health issues, is rarely discussed by doctors or the media. We hear a great deal about the obesity epidemic, but it’s insulin dysregulation, also known as metabolic syndrome, that is behind it. Long before you develop high blood sugar (pre-diabetes or diabetes) your insulin goes up to try to keep the sugar in the normal range. The problem is that the high blood insulin level is inflammatory. The high insulin stimulates the chemistry in our body that makes pro inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. Not only does it cause our bodies to hurt and to hold on to weight, but more importantly, this inflammation at a cellular level is a major driver in the development of all the major diseases of the modern world: heart disease, cancer, arthritis autoimmune diseases and dementia. Inflammation contributes to the onset of these diseases and inflammation also speeds their progression. Eventually, in some people, the increasing insulin level can no longer control the blood sugar and the individual develops diabetes. Long before you have full-on diabetes, the increased sugar levels and the high insulin can lead to some “silent problems” like hypertension, higher LDL cholesterol levels, and higher triglycerides; and some not so silent problems like joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, and weight gain, especially in the belly.. Excess abdominal fat is associated with an incr Continue reading >>

Bone And Joint Problems Associated With Diabetes

Bone And Joint Problems Associated With Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you're at increased risk of various bone and joint disorders. Certain factors, such as nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), arterial disease and obesity, may contribute to these problems — but often the cause isn't clear. Learn more about various bone and joint disorders, including symptoms and treatment options. Charcot joint What is it? Charcot (shahr-KOH) joint, also called neuropathic arthropathy, occurs when a joint deteriorates because of nerve damage — a common complication of diabetes. Charcot joint primarily affects the feet. What are the symptoms? You might have numbness and tingling or loss of sensation in the affected joints. They may become warm, red and swollen and become unstable or deformed. The involved joint may not be very painful despite its appearance. How is it treated? If detected early, progression of the disease can be slowed. Limiting weight-bearing activities and use of orthotic supports to the affected joint and surrounding structures can help. Diabetic hand syndrome What is it? Diabetic hand syndrome, also called diabetic cheiroarthropathy, is a disorder in which the skin on the hands becomes waxy and thickened. Eventually finger movement is limited. What causes diabetic hand syndrome isn't known. It's most common in people who've had diabetes for a long time. What are the symptoms? You may be unable to fully extend your fingers or press your palms together flat. How is it treated? Better management of blood glucose levels and physical therapy can slow the progress of this condition, but the limited mobility may not be reversible. Osteoporosis What is it? Osteoporosis is a disorder that causes bones to become weak and prone to fracture. People who have type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of osteoporosis. What are Continue reading >>

Low Blood Sugar Symptoms And Ranges

Low Blood Sugar Symptoms And Ranges

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) definition and facts Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It typically occurs as a side effect of medications for diabetes. The normal range of blood glucose is from 70 to 100 mg/dL in an individual without diabetes, Most people will feel the effects and symptoms of low blood sugar when blood glucose levels are lower than 50 mg/dL. Low blood sugar is treated by giving a readily absorbed source of sugar, including soft drinks, juice, or foods containing sugar. If the hypoglycemia has progressed to the point at which the patient cannot take anything by mouth, an injection of glucagon may be given. Glucagon is a hormone that causes a fast release of glucose from the liver. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is syndrome that results from low blood sugar. The severity and symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary from person to person. Blood tests can diagnose low blood sugar, and symptoms resolve when the levels of sugar in the blood return to the normal range. The medical term for blood sugar is blood glucose. What can cause low blood sugar? Despite advances in the treatment of diabetes, low blood sugar episodes occur as a side effect of many treatments for diabetes. In fact, these episodes are often the limiting factor in achieving optimal blood sugar control, because many medications that are effective in treating diabetes carry the risk of lowering the blood sugar level too much, causing symptoms. In large scale studies looking at tight control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, low blood sugars occurred more often in the patients who were managed most intensively. This is important for patients and physicians to recognize, especially as the goal for treating patients with diabetes becomes tighter control of blood sugar. While peopl Continue reading >>

Does Diabetes Cause Joint Pain?-what Are The Natural Methods For Pain Relief?

Does Diabetes Cause Joint Pain?-what Are The Natural Methods For Pain Relief?

Does diabetes cause joint pain? There isn’t a person existing that would admit to enjoying pain. Pain is not an enjoyable experience and joint pain with diabetes is no exception. Have you ever just woken up in the morning and it seems that all your joints ache? Who hasn’t been there? Maybe sometimes it’s one or two joints or just an occasional occurrence. If it isn’t related to diabetes, then it could be a number of reasons. But if it is related to diabetes, then you would have a 200% better chance of having arthritis and joint pain. Diabetes happens when your body does not produce enough insulin. Without insulin glucose remains in your bloodstream which raises your blood sugar levels. So diabetes will cause skeletal changes that can lead to symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, trigger finger, swelling, and carpal tunnel syndrome just to mention a few. Arthritis can occur with age so you want to do your best to first avoid diabetes. Diabetes and arthritis- how you can help both Joint pain and arthritis are like Clark Kent and Superman. They are one and the same thing. So where the two bones come together is your joint. Ligaments hold the bones in place and attach them to one another and are also attached by tendons to the bones and muscles that allow them to move. Cartilage which is at the very ends of the bones protects the bones from damage and allows them to move. Cartilage is a substance made up of water, proteins, and fiber from collagen. Cartilage is important for protection and normal wear and tear and also injuries (especially sports injuries) and it can be damaged. Aging is definitely a factor here, but even more of a factor is diabetes because it will make joint damage happen faster. Excess glucose isn’t good because it adheres to s Continue reading >>

Glucosamine – Supplement For Joint Pain

Glucosamine – Supplement For Joint Pain

We hear about glucosamine and see various glucosamine products in health food stores, in big box retailers, and, of course, online. But does it work? Used for alleviating joint and arthritic pain, glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound found within the cartilage of our joints and consists of several chains of sugars and proteins specifically bound together. Dietary supplements generally arise from the shells of shellfish. As mentioned, the big question about glucosamine is if it works. Many people say it does, although its formulation can be a critical point too. We’ll tell you about it here. To begin, please read Mandy’s story: More than 30 years ago, three adults with interest in natural alternatives “discovered” a glucosamine product. Each of the three suffered from achy joints and back pain. So each tried a glucosamine product. Each experienced relief. But each wondered what was the source of that relief? Was it the glucosamine or their desire to find some non-drug or painkiller product that actually worked? Were the effects in their joints or only in their heads? Two of those three adults were married and had a rescued Newfoundland dog, Mandy. Mandy was an older girl and no longer could manage the few steps from the ground to the front door. Her owners gave the 150-pound dog a full adult daily dose of glucosamine. After three days, Mandy was navigating steps with no issue. After a week, she was playing like a puppy again. Though that evidence appeared to be strongly compelling, they stopped giving Mandy any glucosamine at all to see if there was any difference with or without it. She was hobbling around again after two days and no longer could climb three simple steps several days later. They resumed the glucosamine and continued it daily for the res Continue reading >>

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