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Foods to Avoid With Polymyalgia Rheumatica

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Foods to Avoid With Polymyalgia Rheumatica  
Mar 28, 2011 | By Shelley Moore
Foods to Avoid With Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a disorder that causes severe muscle pain, stiffness and weakness. It nearly always occurs in people over age 50 and typically in people over age 70. Although PMR often resolves on its own after a year, it is usually treated with corticosteroids because the symptoms can be disabling. A clinical sign of polymyalgia rheumatica is a very elevated sedimentation rate as shown by blood tests, indicating a high level of inflammation. If you've been diagnosed with polymalgia rheumatica, avoiding foods that are associated with inflammatory reactions may help.

Refined Food

An anti-inflammatory diet involves avoiding processed food, junk food and fast food as much as possible and replacing those items with fresh food, according to physician Andrew Weil. Reduce white flour and white sugar intake, and don't eat products made with high fructose corn syrup. Eat organic whenever you can to avoid pesticide residue.

Dr. Weil recommends reducing consumption of animal protein except for fish, poultry without the skin and low-fat dairy products. Avoid butter, cream, ice cream, whole milk, whole milk cheese and whole milk yogurt. Additional healthy fats can be obtained with nuts and avocados. Going further, nutritionist Sylvia Escott-Stump recommends a raw vegan diet for treating chronic muscle pain disorders in her book "Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care," the 6th edition published in 2008. She cites a study published in the November 2000 issue of Toxicology indicating that a diet with no animal products and no cooked food was associated with reduced symptoms of fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

Fats and Oils

As a PMR patient, you can benefit from avoiding certain types of fats and oils. These include partially-hydrogenated oils found in some types of margarine and in shortening. Other oils to avoid are coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil and regular safflower, sunflower, corn and cottonseed oils. Choose olive oil instead.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances have been linked to some inflammatory conditions. Because dairy and gluten are relatively common food sensitivities, it may be worth eliminating all foods containing gluten from your diet, such as wheat products and any foods with rye or barley, along with all dairy products, to see if your condition improves.

Other Considerations

Avoid drinking alcohol, Weil advises, but if you do choose to have some, drink red wine in moderation. Coffee should also be avoided, according to nutritional therapist Jennifer McDermott, and Weil recommends drinking tea instead.

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