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New hope for knee pain sufferers.

[USPRwire, Thu Jun 01 2017] New research links a diet rich in fibre with the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. Fibre is known to be beneficial in a number of ways, including digestion, stabilising blood sugar levels, and even lowering cholesterol. Now a new study reveals that it might also help to reduce knee pain from arthritis.

In one study, researchers found that people who ate more fibre reported reduced knee pain by as much as 60 percent. X-rays of the same patients showed that there was no difference in these people's knees compared to the patients who had less fibre in their diets.

In a second study, the dietary supplement chondroitin, if taken daily, was linked to reduced knee pain and improved function. However, two bone specialists have since noted that the strong form of chondroitin used for the study may not be available in the US, and in addition it is not known whether long term use of the supplement is safe.

Both studies were published in the journal the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Doctors have since cautioned that people using these methods may only be masking the pain, rather than changing the development of the osteoarthritis.

Fiber is believed to reduce inflammation, which could be a key reason for the findings. It also helps people to feel fuller and therefore reduces calorie intake. Fiber can be found in whole grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables. Research has shown that eating more fiberchanges the bacteria in the gut and makes the bowel less leaky. This means that toxins have less of a chance of getting into the blood stream where, if they aren't cleared by the liver, they can cause pain and inflammation.

The fiber study relied on data from two other osteoarthritis studies, one of which was based on a study of 5,000 people who either had osteoarthritis or were at risk of developing it. The second study was based on over 1,200 people and was began in 1971, running until 2005.

Aside from adding more pain to their diets, and taking a chondroitin supplement, there are other things people can do to reduce the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. Here are some of them:

Wear a knee brace

Wearing a knee support brace can help to reduce the pain associated with weak and damaged knees by providing targeted compression around the knee joint. The compression provides support and stabilises the knee so that there is less pain and discomfort when moving around.

Get the right shoes

When it comes to painful knees, flat, thin soled shoes are the enemy. Make sure the shoes you wear most often have plenty of cushioning, to absorb the impact on your knees when you walk. You can also buy special inserts that are specifically designed to take the stress off your knees.

Lose weight

Excess weight can make knee pain worse by putting more strain on your knees. If you are overweight you should make an effort to lose the extra weight and alleviate the pressure on your knees. Even a small amount of weight loss will make a difference.

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