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.
Key points on arthritis
• Arthritis is a condition that affects the body’s joints
• It affects more women than men and can occur at any age
• If not managed, arthritis can impact on your quality of life and make daily activities a challenge (e.g. climbing the stairs or opening food jars)
• You are more likely to develop heart disease and osteoporosis with rheumatoid arthritis, but a healthy diet and lifestyle can help to protect against these diseases.
What is arthritis?
There are over two hundred types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.