How does a poor diet affect patients with fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Poor diet worsens the symptoms of fibromyalgia, possibly as a result of impaired glycolysis and carbohydrate metabolism. Dietary changes are essential to improving symptoms in such patients, but they are challenging to achieve.

Although many dietary choices can be made, some may be no healthier than the patient's existing diet. While no dietary or nutritional approach is universally accepted, increasing evidence reveals that some nutritional changes may improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Choose an approach that is nutritionally balanced and safe. Help the patient to set reasonable and attainable goals. [158]


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