The style of eating has people eating in a seriously delicious way: heaps of fruits and veggies, fatty fish (like salmon), nuts, legumes, and olive oil. ‘There’s evidence that blood sugar control can reduce the progression of pain in knee arthritis and that following the Mediterranean diet can reduce pain sensitivity,’ says Dr. Bonakdar. One study published by researchers from Ohio State University, he points out, suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet can decrease long-term discomfort, particularly in those who are obese. That’s why he tends to recommend his patients follow a low sugar, high omega-3, anti-inflammatory diet. (In fact, he plans to give his patients cooking demonstrations on how to use food to reduce pain.) A paleo diet may also be effective in easing the ache.