Has anyone heard of such a thing as deteriorating joints after switching to a vegetarian diet? A friend of mine said that the removal of meat from your diet can result in joint problems later. He's a vegetarian and very well read, so I sorta believe it. He mentioned something about a veggie basketball player with bad knees...
The reason I say this, is because my husband has had problems with his knees over the past 6 months or so (we've been veggie for a year now) and he recently had an injury to his right knee, then his left knee started to feel bad, 2 months after the injury. He can't sit cross-legged anymore (which is sad, cause he spends so much time sitting on the floor, and has most of his life) and when he tries to squat down with his knees bent all the way in, he gets this incredible pain in both knees "like they're gonna explode" he says.
He did spend many weeks sitting with his injured knee up on a pillow, not being able to walk around. Then he was over-using his good knee to get around on crutches, go down steps, that sort of thing. Lots of hopping going on in our house for about 6 weeks.
Do you think his knee joints are just strained or "stove up" ?(as my grandma says) Would stretching help any?
Has anyone ever heard of this problem with vegetarian diets and joints? He doesn't eat a whole lot of fats besides nuts and olive oil/ olives. Do you think incorporating more flax seeds/sunflower seeds/ olives/ avacados would help? (I know we should eat more of those anyway...)
Any insiteful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, VB