A 60 year old friend of mine has been experiencing very severe knee pain.
She went to the doctor, got an xray and was told that the cartilage is missing (or reduced) at several spots, and years from know, she'll be a candidate for knee replacements.
QUESTION: What causes this? She was never one to exercise or over-do it. She's not obese. Is there any connection to diet (in either causing it, or perhaps helping it?)
Any & all comments very much welcome,
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on January 21, 2014
at 06:45 AM
1. Do not buy Glucosamine Chondritin - there was a major recall / legal suit against companies selling GC as its recently been proven to not do anything positive for cartilage or synovial fluid. 2. Your friend could just have degenerative cartilage. I am 30 and was diagnosed with that when I was younger than 18, some people get it, others don't. It may not be bad diet, not sure why people immediately assume anyone that is not 100% healthy must be eating crap all day?? 3. Can your friend still walk? As long as you are mobile in some manner, it will help with the pain, sanity, and will keep you moving in the long run even if its painful. The absolute worst thing to do would be to stop moving. 4. X rays will not show all that is wrong. If your friend has insurance, request an MRI to get a full picture of what is going on. Most MDs will not give MRI's out unless its for a very good reason, but if you go to a specialist, you can get one ordered.
5. With your friend being 60, getting her to change her diet will be very hard. At this point, its more about keeping her comfortable and moving as much as possible.
on January 20, 2014
at 07:37 PM
Look into knox (or great lakes) gelatin.
on January 19, 2014
at 11:13 PM
If her diet was bad all these years, then no wonder she sees so much wear and tear in her body. It's possible that there are other parts of her body falling apart, it's just that this one is the most "visible" one.
2.5+ years ago I fell into my mom's hallway and almost busted my right knee (her floors are extremely slippery because she uses very strong detergents -- just so you know if you ever visit ;-). It hurt really bad for a while afterwards and it still hurts occasionally, when my diet falls off a bit. However, during my more hard core Paleo times, there was never pain. I did the following to heal my knee (in addition to the rest of my body that was falling apart too):
1. Drank home-made grass-fed bone broth daily (either in food, or heated up with a bit of lemon on a cup). Slow cook for 24 hours with a pinch of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, add veggies at the last 3 hours (carrots, celery, onion). Fill glass jars to keep in the fridge up to a week, or plastic bags to the freezer up to a month.
4. Magnesium (2-3 times a week). Almost everybody in the Western world is deficient on it, because our soil is.
5. D3 1000 IU 2-3 times a week (and walking outside in the sun, with some exposed skin, DAILY). Sleeping by 10:30 PM.
6. CoQ10 Ubiquinol 2-3 times a week (I made sure it's not the cheaper, and less potent Ubiquinone).
And of course, I avoid the big three bad things on Paleo:
1. Glutenous grains + oats + GMO corn/soy (much faster healing, and way less inflammation).
2. Vegetable seed oils and margarine (go for coconut, olive, butter, animal fats).
3. Processed foods (this includes most GF baking goods too), and excessive consumption of sugar.
That's it, really. A balanced diet ("lite Paleo"): with lots of different veggies, good meats and eggs, fruits, *wild* fish/shellfish/sea-veggies, a few soaked nuts, properly prepared legumes (soaked for 24 hours and pressure cooked), home-made goat kefir, and these few supplements to specifically treat a busted knee.