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Whole-foods plant based diet alleviates the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

High consumption of whole-foods, plant-based diets may relieve symptoms in osteoarthritis patients.

This study examined the effectiveness of whole-foods, plant-based diet (WFPB) in the alleviation of symptoms in osteoarthritis patients. Researchers fed 19 osteoarthritis patients (the intervention) with whole-foods, plant-based diets while 18 patients (the control group) were allowed to continue with their current diets for six weeks. The pulse, body temperature, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and relevant physical variables were measured in all the subjects.

At the end of the feeding period, members of the intervention group reported significant improvement in symptoms compared to the control group. The findings of this study support the hypothesis that whole-foods, plant-based diets may mitigate the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • Chelsea M. Clinton, Shanley O’Brien, Junwen Law, Colleen M. Renier, and Mary R. Wendt
  • Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 15 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • This research was financially supported by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan.
  • Yes. Potential conflicts disclosure found
  • Mary Wendt has previously worked as a Speaker Bureau Consultant for Eli Lilly, Amgen, Medtronic Spine and Biologic and Forest Pharmaceuticals. Mary Wendt has served as a Consultant for Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Forest Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Medtronic Spine and Biologic.
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