Healthy eating tips for people with arthritis
If you have arthritis, eating a healthy diet may help to control your symptoms. It can also reduce your risk of developing other health problems such as obesity, heart disease and osteoporosis. The relationship between diet and arthritis is complex and there is a lot of confusing information in this area. This section provides up-to-date information on aspects of diet and lifestyle that have been shown to impact on the symptoms and progression of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition the affects the body’s joints (for example, in the fingers, toes, hips and knees although almost any joint can be affected) and often results in pain, swelling, stiffness and fatigue. People with arthritis can experience loss of strength and grip, which may in turn make movements more difficult, and disrupt the performance of their daily tasks. In the UK, around ten million people have arthritis. Women are twice as likely to develop this condition as men but it affects people of all ages, including children. While there is no known cure for arthritis, there are ways to help to control the development of the disease and to improve symptoms and quality of life through medication and lifestyle changes.
There are over two hundred types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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