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24 May Mediterranean diet could relieve pain linked to obesity

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, plant-based protein and seafood can decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain due to inflammation.

Mediterranean diet adherents the world over will find one more reason to continue including lots of fruits, vegetables, plant-based protein and fish in their diet. Ohio State University researchers have found that a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain. That obesity is “painful” has been attributed to the fact that a multitude of chronic conditions causing pain is more common in people who are obese and overweight. Prior studies have documented that obesity is associated with pain in a variety of areas including joint pain (hip and knee), headache, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic widespread pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and neuropathic pain. In the study that led by Charles Emery, 98 men and women aged between 20 and 78 years were examined. Three different measures of weight were employed to test the model: body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat percentage. It was established that the components of a Mediterranean-type diet were linked with less pain, regardless of body weight.

“The anti-inflammatory effect results from a better balance of fats in the diet — for example, Omega 3 or Omega 6 in olive oil and fish, which have direct effects on metabolism,” Emery said.

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