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Posted by on 9:30 am Tendonitis | 0 comments

Tendinitis is another common problem we see more of as we age.

As with other chronic conditions, low grade inflammation is involved.

Metabolic syndrome, which involves insulin resistance and low grade inflammation, increases the risk for tendinitis.

What we eat on a daily basis is for that reason very important for this condition.

In addition to a good diet, curcumin may also be helpful for tendinitis.

The inflammatory cytokines IL-1beta and TNF-alpha are involved in tendinitis.

Curcumin has been found to reduce IL-1beta induced NF-kappaB activation, another inflammatory cytokine (Burhmann C, et al. 2011).

Curcumin also down regulated MMP-1, 9 and 13 enzymes involved in tendon degradation.

For these reasons it may be worthwhile to include curcumin in your daily regime if you start to have tendon issues.

It even makes sense if you don’t have tendinitis, because the less chronic inflammation you have, the better off you will be.

Be sure the curcumin you take is supplied in an easy absorbed form.

Buhrmann C1, Mobasheri A, Busch F, Aldinger C, Stahlmann R, Montaseri A, Shakibaei M. Curcumin modulates nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB)-mediated inflammation in human tenocytes in vitro: role of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt pathway. J Biol Chem. 2011 Aug 12;286(32):28556-66. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.256180. Epub 2011 Jun 13.


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What are some of the reasons for tendinopathy?

Posted by on 11:25 am Tendonitis | 0 comments

Tendonitis, tendinopathy are very common conditions. Especially shoulder pain (rotator cuff). Tendinopathy is considered an overuse condition with a failed healing response. Research, however, is now also providing some other interesting reasons for tendinopathy(Scott A, et al. 2015).

Participants in this study who had Achilles tendinopathy showed a pattern of higher triglycerides, lower HDL (the good cholesterol) and elevated Apolipoprotein B a risk factor for cardiovascular disease compared to the control group(Gaida JE, et al. 2009).

Findings like this are common in people with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

If you remember from earlier articles, these are also risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

There are several things you can do yourself.

The first thing is to eat a high nutrient, low glycemic index diet because that will not only be beneficial for tendon issues, but also other chronic conditions. If you want to do really well, a plant based diet provides the most benefits according to numerous studies.


Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.


Gaida JE1, Alfredson L, Kiss ZS, Wilson AM, Alfredson H, Cook JL. Dyslipidemia in Achilles tendinopathy is characteristic of insulin resistance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 Jun;41(6):1194-7. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31819794c3.
Scott A1, Zwerver J2, Grewal N1, de Sa A1, Alktebi T1, Granville DJ3, Hart DA4. Lipids, adiposity and tendinopathy: is there a mechanistic link? Critical review. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Aug;49(15):984-8. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093989. Epub 2014 Dec 8.


Is systemic inflammation making your pain worse?

Posted by on 5:18 pm Anti-aging, Arthritis, Eating, Exercise, Inflammation, Inflammation, C-reactive protein, Inflammatory factor, Tendonitis, The Learn to Eat Plan, Tissue Recovery Blog | 0 comments

Fotolia,painKnee pain is very common as we get older, and so is systemic inflammation, but what is systemic inflammation?
Systemic inflammation is the type of inflammation that you may not even know you have an issue with, because you don’t have to have a swollen joint. This type of inflammation is low grade, and it affects your whole body. It can, however, be measured by checking certain inflammatory markers.
The reviewed research investigated if there was an association between increased knee pain and systemic inflammation(Stannus OP et al. 2013). The participants were 149 men and women with an average age of 63 years. Knee pain was determined using an osteoarthritis pain questionnaire at the start of the study and then five years later. Radio graphs as well as MRI were used in the examination.
Several inflammatory markers were tested, highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-6 (IL-6).

The conclusion was that systemic inflammation is an independent predictor of worsening knee pain over 5 years. Adjustments for radio graphic osteoarthritis or structural abnormalities detected on the MRI did not make much difference regarding that association.

Does this mean that you can’t do anything about this?

No, you can do something about this, and I suggest you do, because systemic inflammation is also a risk factor for chronic disease.

Research has documented that the food you eat can be quite effective in reducing this type of inflammation.

This is one of the things you learn in “The Learn to Eat Plan“. You can read more about it here.

Stannus OP1, Jones G, Blizzard L, Cicuttini FM, Ding C. Associations between serum levels of inflammatory markers and change in knee pain over 5 years in older adults: a prospective cohort study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Apr;72(4):535-40. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2011-201047. Epub 2012 May 12.