Diet & Arthritis

Diet & Arthritis


hi my name is Martin Lau and I’m
Arthritis Action’s dietitian and services development manager as a
dietitian diet and arthritis is so fascinating and yet challenging because
we don’t really know the answer Arthritis is a chronic condition and pain is one of his main symptoms doctors often prescribe pain medication for long-term
use but this have undesirable side effects this is where people begin to
look for alternative or complementary treatment modifying the diet is one area
people believe could help them live better with arthritis
Research shows that a staggering 71 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis or RA believe
that diet plays a part in their symptoms and 50% of people have experimented with
modifying the diet to reduce pain People with gout have often been told to cut out meat to avoid painful attacks but this is not necessary the key word is to
limit the intake one portion per day is advisable Foods that contain large
amount of purine you need to be avoided such as liver kidneys or beer will need
to be avoided so what exactly is purine I hear you ask
It is a compound from
animals and plants that can be converted into uric acid by the body
people living with both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis have been advised to avoid nightshade
vegetables and these are potatoes tomatoes bell peppers and aubergines
avoid gluten – they are the bread and pasta
avoid dairy
use apple cider vinegar avoid red meat
following an alkaline diet
there is no scientific evidence to support these yet some individuals may have find them helpful
up until now the research on diet and arthritis has been inconsistent
therefore no firm conclusion can be made at this stage in view of these following
a balanced eating plan is a good place to start the key link between diet and
arthritis is your body weight if you have OA and gout and
carrying more weight than you should reducing your body weight is highly
recommended as for those living with rheumatoid arthritis higher fat mass may
reduce the benefit of your medications overall weight reduction if necessary is
important because it lowers the risk of other comorbidities such as
cardiovascular diseases recent research concluded that all the available
evidence do not support the use of most dietary supplements such as glucosamine
for OA you may have read that tumeric is good for osteo and rheumatoid
arthritis but despite a few positive outcomes from short-term trials the jury
is still out there taking vitamin A D C and selenium which is a mineral and even
cod liver oil haven’t yet yield positive result if you have gout the
research is showing some promising results when using tart cherry juice but
more studies are needed to confirm this so far research has supported the use of
long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish or dietary supplements for RA as
for OA even though there is an inflammatory element the benefit doesn’t
appear to transfer to this condition well definitely more studies are needed
in this area the bottom line is that if you would like to modify your diet to
see whether it would make a difference to your symptoms make sure to work with
a dietitian

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