Senior Citizens Fight Arthritis Pain

Feb 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it a variety of physical downturns.  For many, the choice is to turn to medications, across the counter and prescription.  For others who have chosen to bone up on available means for heading off pain and other physical ailments, diet has come to be recognized as a top of the list strategy.  The war on pain for some is a continuing challenge requiring pulling from one’s arsenal every weapon that has been tested and tried to hold off pain and discomfort. 

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., who writes for AARP and has his own website has written in a previous issue a wonderful article “Foods that Fight Pain.”  His recommendations are several for addressing particularly arthritis pain.  Most of his suggestions come with dietary recommendations.

The Senior Lifestyle Corporation also has developed a “Dining for Wellness’ emphasis  that is worth exploring.  Their brochure gives quickie hints on dealing with arthritis, diabetes, macular degeneration, digestive disorders (IBS and heartburn), hypertension and blood pressure, and memory loss.

Some of their hints , as is also true of Dr. Wiel, attempt to address myths about means for coping with pain.  For arthritis, Dr. Weil warns against refined soybean oil, which shows up in many processed foods.  Stay away from high fructose corn syrup, which is known to “disturb metabolism in many people.”  Many recommend dietary suggestions  e.g.  increasing anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids by eating oily fish several times a week.  Dr. Weil says that he also adds to this two or three grams of supplemental fish oil. 

Remembering that the goal is reducing foods that prompt inflammation.  I suggest you find Dr. Weil’s article called “Foods That Fight Pain” in the March April 2008 of AARP magazine.  His ideas and recommendations are both credible and pain reducing and relieving.

Mayo Clinic has a regimen of exercises that will assist helping to reduce and control pain.  Physical therapists have training programs and exercise guides which can be quite useful in developing a routine to deal with the pain of arthritis.

Living with arthritis, in whatever form, or depending on medications are the least desirable means for having a healthier and more productive existence.  Search for means and competent professionals who can give you a lift up from debilitating pain.

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