Can low carb improve rheumatic disease?


Can a low-carb diet improve rheumatic disease? That’s why Lena tried it, after having heard several success stories. Here’s what happened:

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Low carb high fat is often associated with weight loss, but we’re quite a few who’ve done this diet change for our health. Here’s my health story.

In 2004, I began to suffer from severe pain in my joints and after several visits to the doctor’s office and examinations I was told that I have the rheumatic disease psoriatic arthritis. I was in very bad shape by then, with swollen joints and my body was constantly aching. I was on 50% sick leave.

In the years that followed, I tried various medications, both pills and injections, but nothing helped with the pain and swelling. The medicines only gave me a bunch of side effects. I decided to look for an alternative treatment that would ease the daily aching.

In 2008 I found an article, in which Dr. Annika Dahlqvist told her story about how she her fibromyalgia had improved by eating fewer carbohydrates and instead adding more fat. After having done some research on the diet I decided to try it.

After just three weeks on a strict low-carb diet I felt some improvement in my joints and I got better with each passing day. After six months the ache and swelling were completely gone. I’ve been free from symptoms of my rheumatic disease ever since, and I am working full time again since several years. If I eat starch, gluten or sugar, the ache and swelling will come back instantly, this naturally motivates me to eating strictly. Besides, the food is delicious so it’s not a big sacrifice to keep to it; I’ve never eaten this varied or as much vegetables as I do now. I’ve also trained to be a nutrition advisor.

I hope to inspire and motivate others with pain issues and rheumatic disease with my story, and thereby give them a chance to improve their health and reduce their pain.

Lena Winther


Congratulations on your improved health, Lena!

It’s quite common for people with inflammatory diseases to improve on a low-carb diet. But there are – to my knowledge – no good studies done on it. So it’s very hard to know how many people will notice a similar improvement.

Fortunately it’s quite safe to try it.

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  1. Marie
    Would be nice to see some stories from women of 60 plus. It is so much harder to lose weight after menopause, and if you have chronic conditions.
  2. Deb
    I agree with you Marie, after sixty you can lose 5 lbs and eat something that has sugar and hello again 5lbs. I've never had a problem losing weight until I turned sixty. So please give us articles to help 60+ people.
  3. Barbs
    I'm agreeing with Marie and Deb, it is so much harder for us older ladies to lose weight. I'm having a bit of success following Dr Jason Fung's extended fasts and hope to come back one day with my own success story, but it might take some time lol.
  4. Lisa
    I'm a firm believer in Standard Process food concentrates to supplement a low carb diet. The food supply is still laden with chemicals, even organic. Older folks have had more time to accumulate toxins stored in fat cells. Trace minerals and functional medicine that focuses on the thyroid and adrenals can be of help. Also healing leaky gut is imperative. Taking in good food is wonderful, but the digestive tract has to be healthy enough to assimilate it.

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