New Studies on Weight Loss May Reduce Pain

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If you have fibromyalgia, you hurt. But not everyone with fibromyalgia experiences the same amount of pain. Studies show that obese patients experience much greater pain in lower body areas, and are more likely to have less physical strength, less flexibility in the lower body, and greater restlessness when they did sleep, when compared to people with fibromyalgia who were not obese.
Two new studies came out recently that may help in the battle of the bulge, relieving pain, and protecting your heart at the same time.

One study focused on the use of spices in a high fat meal in comparison to a high fat meal with no spices. The results of the turmeric and other spices were clear. “Adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added,” reported the study author, Sheila West, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State. Spices used included rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika, which were used due to their previously reported antioxidant activity.

Secondly, we all know that part of losing weight is about making healthier food choices. New research published in the Journal of Neuroscience offered some good news for folks ready to make the switch to better for you foods.

The researchers found that if participants were thinking about healthy eating, they were far more likely to make a healthy food choice. When study participants were thinking about healthiness, they were less likely to eat unhealthy foods, and more likely to eat healthy foods, even if they liked the taste less than favorite unhealthy foods. That old adage about “as we think, we become” may prove to be true after all.

Remember, extra pounds pack on the pain and it may be time to make some healthier choices so you can live a more comfortable life.

Research
A. C. Skulas-Ray, P. M. Kris-Etherton, D. L. Teeter, C.-Y. O. Chen, J. P. Vanden Heuvel, S. G. West. A High Antioxidant Spice Blend Attenuates Postprandial Insulin and Triglyceride Responses and Increases Some Plasma Measures of Antioxidant Activity in Healthy, Overweight Men. Journal of Nutrition, 2011; 141 (8): 1451 DOI: 10.3945/jn.111.138966
B. 1.T. A. Hare, J. Malmaud, A. Rangel. Focusing Attention on the Health Aspects of Foods Changes Value Signals in vmPFC and Improves Dietary Choice. Journal of Neuroscience, 2011; 31 (30): 11077 DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6383-10.2011


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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