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Healthy Start to the Day

Being overweight or obese can put you at greater risk for developing osteoarthritis, and it can worsen symptoms for those who already have it. Keeping up a regular, healthy eating pattern is the key to maintaining a good weight. To do this, choose nutrient-dense foods. Start with breakfast. Some people skip breakfast, but evidence points […]

Soups and Stews

In the middle of winter, what could be more comforting and satisfying than a warm bowl of soup or stew? Not only does a soup on the stove fill your home with wonderful aromas, but it tastes delicious and nourishes you from the inside out. As discussed in previous issues of Arthritis Advisor, the key […]

How to Get Enough Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and muscle. It also has effects on other systems in the body. Having sufficient levels may help reduce risk for heart disease and cancer and may play a role in preserving cognitive function. Research suggests that vitamin D may also have a protective role against viral respiratory infections. […]

In the News: Mediterranean Diet & RA; Curcumin & Knee Osteoarthritis; Long-Lasting Shoulder Replacement;...

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk for Smokers Smoking is a known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology (September 2020) found that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers analyzed data from a large French study that has been collecting dietary data […]

Calcium: It’s Essential

Calcium is an essential mineral, meaning you need to get it from your diet. Taking in enough calcium is important throughout your life, but your daily requirement increases in later years, going from 1,000 milligrams (mg) a day to 1,200 mg starting at age 51 for women and 71 for men. “Age-related changes, such as changes […]

Easy Veggies

You hear this advice over and over: Eat more fruits and vegetables. They’re packed with nourishing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Many have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and a vegetable-rich diet can help keep your weight under control. So, what’s the best way to get more of them into your diet? There’s no shortage of […]

Choose Plant-Based Protein

Temporary disruptions in the food supply, especially red meat, may have forced some people to look for other protein sources. Cleveland Clinic dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD sees this as a potential opportunity. “Some alternative proteins are better for us in the long run,” she says. Quality Protein “We need to get beyond the misconception […]

Benefits of Whole Grains

The foundation of a nourishing diet is a variety of mostly plant-based foods. This includes vegetables and fruits, and also grains. Of course, grains means “whole” and not “refined” grains. The easiest grain to eat is wheat in the form of white flour. It is abundant in bread, pasta, crackers and many other products. To […]

How to Identify Hidden Sugar

We all know we should cut back on sugar, and ideally stop eating foods with added sugars. Too much sugar contributes to a host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It promotes inflammation, which is particularly problematic for people with arthritis. Sugar also appears to be addicting, making it hard to resist. […]

Is There an Arthritis Diet?

Many people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis want to know whether there is a special anti-inflammatory diet that will help to relieve their symptoms. While numerous studies have examined this question, there’s still no definitive answer. However, there are some general guidelines. The lack of conclusive evidence relates to the inherent […]

Ask the Doctors: Arthritis; Protein Requirements

Q: I broke my ankle about 15 years ago when I was 45. My doctor told me I might get arthritis later in life. Should I be concerned about this? A: Millions of Americans have osteoarthritis, and most of them have what is considered primary osteoarthritis, which doesn’t have an identifiable cause. It is also […]

In The News: June 2019

People with osteoarthritis in the knee who add hip-strengthening exercises to their exercise regimen can walk more easily and may have less pain, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (February 2019). The researchers pooled results from eight studies (with a total of 340 participants) that investigated the effect of adding hip exercises to exercises done to strengthen the muscles on the front of the thigh (the quadriceps). They found that combining the two types of exercises was significantly more effective than quadricep exercises alone for improving walking. The most effective types of hip exercises involved using weights or resistance bands. Adding hip exercises also resulted in greater improvements in pain, but this result was not significantly strong. Physical therapists can provide instruction on simple exercises to strengthen hips and knees.