How Arthritis and Sugar Consumption Can Be a Problem
Combination  
by Ian Newton
pain on my Tuesday walk with the high sugar intake. Years later I learned of the clear
biochemical connection between sugar and pain. It doesn't matter whether the
sweetener is sugar or corn syrup the pain result is the same.

Sugar is a direct driver of inflammation in the body. The best way of accessing your
sugar intake is to keep a food & snacks diary for at least one week. You don't need
to measure the sugar, just list the sweet foods. You may be surprised at the amount
of sugar consumed. Whatever amount you think you are consuming it is probably
30% higher because of hidden sugars, e.g. sauces and breads. Include all treats and
processed foods consumed.

If you accept that sugar equals pain, the more sugar you eat the more pain you will
experience. I know it can be hard to give up your much loved snacks, especially if
they are part of your stress management. We often eat to feel happier. The first step
is to reduce your sugar intake, don't try to stop everything all at once, it may be too
stressful. Start to introduce more fruit and nuts. Watch out for hidden sugars in so
called healthy foods.

A common problem is to swap sugar for aspartame which will only cause you more
problems. There are currently multiple class actions against aspartame. Safe
alternatives are Stevia or Xyotol which you can purchase at any health food shop.

An important question to ask yourself is how does this pain affect my life and what
am I prepared to do to gain relief. Don't forget that by reducing your sugar or corn
syrup consumption you will also reduce your likelihood of obesity diabetes and
cardiovascular disease. As usual with health issues one action or one problem will
often have a flow on effect.

How quickly you make changes in your life will depend on your personality. It may be
a lot, all at once or baby steps, gradually introducing change. Be careful who you
discuss your plans with. Some people may be supportive but others may seek to
undermine your efforts because it challenges some insecurity of their own.


Keep healthy and happy.


About The Author

Ian Newton

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As a Naturopath who specializes in
pain treatments and a sufferer of
pain, some self imposed through
years of sports and some through
natural wear and tear, I am well
versed in the various expressions of
pain. If you are in pain then perhaps it
is time to review your sugar
consumption. I discovered the sugar
and pain connection in the mid 80's.

Every Tuesday I would have take
away chicken for lunch and a well
known soda, which contained a large
amount of sweetener. It took me a
few weeks to connect increased knee
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