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Old 05-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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JUDD and Arthritis Benefits

I am an excited Newbie, life is good, I think this maybe for me!!!

With excitement and self-indulgence (mind-candy) since today is my first official dd, and I am like a sponge reading everything I can get my eyes on today with the anticipation of the 'first day of school'… this will wane, but hopefully after I get some up/dd days behind me and drop down enough to feel it in my clothes… just looking for comfort in wearing my 'fat' clothes…. then there is an UNBELIEVABLE amount of shopping that I will be able to do in my own closet… (thinking at about the 25lb mark)…

Anyway, just maybe a quick response to if any of you have benefited from reduced joint pain…would love to her your experiences…

Have a great day!

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Old 05-05-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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I have severe osteoarthritis, but thanks to diet and exercise I have managed without any meds for years. Any other doctor would advise me to have my knees replaced, but my surgeon tells me that since I'm controlling my pain so well, I should put off surgery--which I want to do, as there are too many risk factors for my comfort.

The major benefit for me was reading about 'anti-inflammatory' foods in ProteinPower many years ago. Before then, I had no idea how much the food we eat can affect pain level. Since then, I rarely eat whole eggs (yolks are inflammatory), and giving up both grains and sugar have helped enormously.

Weight loss helps reduce the pressure on joints, and any plan that results in weight loss will provide a benefit. But the diuretic effect of low-carb eating is helpful insofar as retaining water will always increase joint pain.

Losing weight helped me, but even before I made it to goal, I'd significantly improved my joint health by reducing bodily inflammation.

My point is that although I did JUDDD for 2 years and still informally cycle calories in maintenance, the major benefit in terms of my arthritis has been food choices. It helps to eat sparingly (i.e., DDs), but if you overeat on UDs, you can easily undo whatever benefit the DD provides. I find that eating less helps me with pain level--so that's why I try to never be 'overfull' on any day.

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Old 05-05-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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Stats: 175/111.8/124 - 5'4, 61yo
WOE: JUDDD/PHD, LC now that my BG is getting weird
Start Date: JUDDD 1/1/12 + LCHF 12/1/13 (controlling diabetes)
Because of an old injury, I have arthritis in my right hand. Before JUDDD, the hand was becoming unusable. About four months into JUDDD the pain went away completely. It returns, in lesser degree, if I allow my body to get under stress (like, forgetting to eat enough on UDs for six weeks or when diabetes entered my life). But 99.99999% of the time my hand is fine.

I suggest you look up old NSV threads. Lots of reports of arthritis going bye-bye.

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Old 05-05-2014, 04:00 PM   #4
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WOE: JUDDD/ 5:2 to maintain
Start Date: 2/21/12- Low carb (199lbs) 3/28/12 JUDDD (189lbs)
I have very severe psoriatic arthritis and degenerative disc disease. I had 5 levels of my spine fused 5 years ago. Nothing that my WOE can prevent or cure, but I'm certain that my arthritis would be even more painful and perhaps debilitating if I had not lost 80 pounds. I'm not one of the lucky ones that can claim major improvements, but the fact that I'm as active as I am is a sheer miracle.
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