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November 27, 2010 1:44 PM
I was wondering if anyone else has noticed a correlation between sugar consumption and aching joints. I was eating "clean" for quite a long time and working out with no joint pain. I had previously had knee and ankle issues, but they had subsided. For the last 2 months, my appetite has gone crazy and I have eaten whatever I want - which is not good. (This is why I am also back to this site. smile ) SInce starting to eat sugar and junk food again, a notice a tremendous difference in the aches and pains I am having. It is really surprising how big a difference it has made. Anyone else have anything similar happen?
November 27, 2010 1:52 PM
I have fibromyalgia. My previous specialist warned me about sugar because it is an inflammatory food. Over consumption of carbs can produce the same effect (as in white flour foods). So yes, I can tell you from experience that sugar makes my joints hurt like hell. If I am restricting just refined sugars I notice an improvement. But if I take a week and eat what I want, I'm in pain. I wish I could give you more detailed information as to why, but this is all I have for the time being. But I do know other people with fibromyalgia who would tell you the same thing about sugar. It's our no no food lol flowerforyou
November 27, 2010 1:52 PM
I thought this was very interesting because I have a knee (and foot) issue. My knee had been bothering me very very little even though I had been increasing my walking (speed & incline). However, yesterday it was killing me all day long...I ate waaay more sugar on Thursday than I normally have been eating in a week...or even two. Might be something to watch. Thanks!

November 27, 2010 1:54 PM
Glad to know it is not just in my head. laugh
November 27, 2010 2:05 PM
alot of carbs bother my joints, especially, I don't eat oatmeal for that reason.
November 27, 2010 2:19 PM
I find sugar and carbs are a catalyst to all sorts of problems with me. From retaining water to aching joints. I found out that I am Gluten intolerant 3 years ago and I lost a lot of weight but then I was introduced to gluten free processed foods. I started to realize that the leading ingredient in a lot of these products was sugar or carbs that turn into sugars.... So I have cut those out and gone to basic whole foods. I feel so much better and my body doesnt ache the way it did before. I am really starting to grasp the whole concept of you are what you eat.
November 27, 2010 2:20 PM
This is a great motivator for me to not eat sugar! I run distance and have noticed when I eat cereal like Cinnamon Life (my fave) or something sugary the day before, my joints are sooo sore. I really don't want to cut out sugar totally, but I will definitely start watching my refined sugar intake. Thanks for this!
November 27, 2010 2:28 PM
I've read and experienced it first hand (unfortunately) that eating excess sugar (or even not in excess for some) causes inflammation which would definitely affect the joints.frown
November 27, 2010 2:30 PM
I have also noticed that when I'm consuming alot of sugar (enriched foods & sugars) I have trouble with my knees and I break out more, heal a lot slower, etc. When I started on myfitnesspal and cut out almost all of these foods my body immediately began to heal, no more knee pain, breakouts, and an infection I'd had for a while started to clear up really fast! Related? I definitely think so!!
November 27, 2010 2:39 PM
Thank you all for your input! I think this is an excellent kick to my rear to get back on the healthy wagon and stay away from sugar and junk in general! wink
November 27, 2010 3:59 PM
Even though I'd read this and felt it was true for me I'm so glad so many of you spoke up and shared. That way I really do know it's not just me imagining it but that something else IS going on when I make less than healthy choices.
Thank you
Edited by HealthyChanges2010 On November 27, 2010 4:02 PM
November 27, 2010 6:27 PM

Thank you all for your input! I think this is an excellent kick to my rear to get back on the healthy wagon and stay away from sugar and junk in general! wink
Indeed it is!wink drinker
November 29, 2010 3:36 AM
This is why I drink water or unsweetened tea. Sugar is bad for you and artificial sweeteners are bad for you.
November 23, 2012 12:27 PM
I also have trouble with any refined sugars, even small amounts affect my joints :-(
October 11, 2013 3:33 PM
Take a look at this research done to support this. http:\\ dietary-sugars-damage-joints
This explains how this happens. I have felt the same way and consider sugar as the culprit to several joint and other inflammation issues.
December 28, 2013 5:55 AM
Me too If I eat to much junk food, my body aches all over with flu like symptoms. I am not sure if it is artificial coloring / flavoring or the sugar.
December 28, 2013 8:14 AM
I too have Fibromyalgia. I am currently working on the Paleo diet and it does help. I avoid sugar, sugar substitutes, wheats and processed foods as much as possible and try to stick with proteins and veggies. I always know when Ive indulged too much.
What has made me feel better along with the diet is strength training which helps me sleep better and raises my metabolism to help me melt the weight off. I also take supplements to help inflammation.
April 14, 2014 1:35 PM
i was so glad to find/read all your responses. i have been having joint pain/flu like symptoms all day today (even just took my temp b/c feels like a low grade fever) and then i thought about the amount of sugar i ate yesterday. ugh!!! thanks everyone!
April 14, 2014 1:37 PM
this is exactly how i feel today, and i am thinking it was due to the amount of sugar i ate yesterday....
April 14, 2014 1:41 PM
Sugar is definitely a trigger for pain. When I used to drink a Coke daily, my body would hurt so badly. I do not drink them anymore and notice a big difference in the way I feel. I do have to stay away from most sugars or my arthritis will flare.
July 10, 2014 6:45 AM
I just googled Sugar and Joint Pain and it brought me here. I've been feeling HORRIBLE. Then yesterday I didn't eat refined sugar in the morning and I had a really amazing morning. Later in the day I had ice cream with some chocolate sprinkles my husband got me from The Netherlands. I usually hate sprinkles but not these. Of course he HAD to go and order me TWO huge boxes and I've eat most of one in a week. This morning I'm just have an almond butter and banana sandwich on gluten free bread and some cocoa with stevia as the sweetener. I feel pretty good. I'll have to see how the rest of the day goes, but I've noticed this before and really didn't want to believe it. I believe it really does make a difference.
August 20, 2014 7:34 AM
I too have been eating clean for the past three months and just this last week or so, I have been eating whatever I wanted-- whenever I wanted--which means I have been consuming way too much sugar. I tried to think what have I done that's different and I knew right away that it was my sugar consumption. My knee,and ankle hurt somenting awful and yesterday I had a headache that kept me home from work--I have not had such a headache since I have been eating clean. SUGAR--Just say No!!!!
August 20, 2014 7:46 AM
August 20, 2014 7:52 AM
THis is so interesting to find this morning, as I just posted about feeling achy and overall fatiqued in general lately, have been not as conscious about sugar....I do think there is correlation, also started eating oatmeal again & more carbs--pasta whole back to the drawing board...just to notice and hear other's reports makes my eyebrow raise as I continue forward.
August 27, 2014 9:16 AM
I too have noticed a link between joint pain and eating refined/concentrated sugar. If I indulge in "sweets" (cake, cookies etc), I will ache all over for a couple of days. I have only recently discovered that I am affected this way and it may not be so for everyone. I had assumed that I felt joint pain due to excess weight and a family history of arthritis. While those factors contribute to joint pain (particularly the hips, knees and ankles), sugar plays a huge role in how I feel.

This past spring, I gave up sweets for Lent. This meant no candy, cake, cookies, sugar drinks etc. for six weeks. After a little while, I noticed that climbing stairs and moving about was easier and less painful. I had lost a few pounds, so I thought that was why. About a month into the season, a pizza sized cookie was brought to a club meeting to celebrate someone's birthday. I gave in to the temptation and ate a piece, put it on my MFP tracker and ate a very light supper that night. I went to bed feeling OK, but woke the next morning with my whole body stiff and with painful joints. It took most of the day for me to put two and two together and figure out that it possibly was caused by the large cookie. I ached for a few days and then felt better. Since then if I indulge, I have similar results.

I have always had a "sweet tooth" but it looks like it has caught up with me. I don't know if whole food sugars (fruits, grains) cause me any problems - I haven't yet been willing to give them up to find out. I just know that I do feel much better if I avoid those processed/refined/concentrated sugar goodies.

How did you conclude that this is a problem for you?

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