According to a new studyA low-fat vegan diet without calorie restriction may improve joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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the study was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and led by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. They asked participants to use a visual analogue scale (VAS) to rate the severity of their worst joint pain over two weeks, ranging from “no pain” to “the worst pain possible”.
Each participant’s Disease Activity Score-28 (DAS28) was calculated based on painful joints, swollen joints and C-reactive protein values, which indicate inflammation in the body. The DAS28 will increase as the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis worsen.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain, swelling, and permanent joint damage. According to Health lineout of 100,000 people, 71 are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis each year and nearly 1.5 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis.
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During the study, 44 adults with rheumatoid arthritis were divided into two groups for 16 weeks. The first group followed a strictly vegan diet for four weeks, followed by the elimination of additional foods for three weeks, and then finally a reintroduction of the eliminated foods for nine weeks. The second group followed an unrestricted diet and took a daily placebo capsule. Then the groups switched diets for 16 weeks.
The study found that during the vegan phase, DAS28 scores decreases two points on average, meaning there was less joint pain compared to the 0.3 point decrease in the placebo group. The average score for swollen joints also decreased, while the number for non-vegans increased.
“A plant-based diet could be the prescription for joint pain relief for millions of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers,” Neal Barnard, MD, lead study author and chair of the Physicians Committee, mentioned. “And all of the side effects, including weight loss and lower cholesterol, are just beneficial.”
Those following a vegan diet also saw other benefits. Many had significant reductions in total LDL and HDL cholesterol during the vegan phase, as well as weight loss on the plant-based diet. There’s no denying that a vegan diet is the best choice for your health, the environment and animals!
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