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?

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Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joints (for example, in the fingers, 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 daily tasks.  In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis with it being more common in women than men, but it can affect people of all ages, including children.  While there is no known cure for arthritis, there are many ways to help to control the development and 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.


Rheumatoid arthritis

Body weight and arthritis

Diet and arthritis

Special diets and specific foods

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