Nutrition & Supplements

Ask Dr. Marks: 03/03

Ive heard its important for people with arthritis to take plenty of vitamin C and/or vitamin E. Is this true? Research has been published on both sides of the issue. A recent major study from Australia showed no effect on cartilage wear and joint symptoms between Vitamin E and placebo-treated groups. Neither did dietary levels of antioxidants (Vitamin C and beta carotene) have any effect on cartilage loss. On the other hand, some studies, employing a…
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Ask Dr. Marks: 10/04

Ive seen a lot of ads for exotic herbs and special supplements that claim to rebuild worn cartilage. Do any of these treatments work? If not, are there any procedures or treatments that do work in rebuilding cartilage? No herbs, dietary supplements, or home remedies have been proven to rebuild damaged cartilage-and you should be wary of any ads that claim their product does so. Surgical procedures can rebuild a type of cartilage, called fibrocartilage,…
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Diet And Arthritis: More Hype Than Hope?

Although a connection between diet and arthritis has been suggested for more than 30 years, scientific evidence in support of this theory remains sketchy at best. Rather than focusing on which foods to add or eliminate from your diet, nutritional experts recommend that you consider how osteoarthritis medications can affect your nutritional needs. …
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Mediterranean Diet: A Tasty Way To Ease Arthritis Pain

The evidence is in.The Medi-terranean diet is not only healthy for your heart. It also lessens the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. But it can take up to three months for the diet to take effect. Not a diet in the strictest sense, but a loose term that describes the eating habits of people in the Mediterranean region, the easy-to-follow plan consists largely of fruits, beans, vegetables, olive oil, canola oil and fish, the latter containing omega-3…
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Cartilage: A Cushion For Your Bones

Cartilage is amazing stuff. This slick, rubbery material cushions and protects the ends of bones, allowing them to roll, rotate and glide smoothly against and over each other. Cartilage is 85 percent water. It has no blood supply or nerves, yet it absorbs enormous forces as we walk, run, bend, or flex. Cartilage also has a memory; it can change form when under stress, then spring back to its original shape. …
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Drink To Your (Joint) Health

Theres water, water everywhere, and people with arthritis should drink a lot of it -at least two or three 8-ounce glasses daily. Although offering no nutritional value in itself, water transports essential nutrients throughout your body. It hydrates your cells, enabling them to carry out vitally necessary metabolic activity. And since water is the prime component of the synovial fluid filling the spaces in your joints as well as the cartilage that cushions your bones,…
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Ask Dr. Marks: 02/04

Im going to have hip replacement surgery next month. What can I expect to undergo or experience prior to surgery? Preparation for a total joint replacement is an important part of your overall care. It includes a complete health evaluation, laboratory studies, a nutritional assessment, a session with a physical therapist, and patient information concerning the surgery. Youll learn about total joint replacement and why postoperative care is important in achieving good results. The physical therapist…
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In the News: 03/04

Chicken Shots: Back To The Coop New research has shown a popular osteoarthritis treatment-hyaluronic acid injections-to be ineffective. The investigation, conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine, pooled data from 22 studies comparing hyaluronic acid injections (referred to as chicken shots because hyaluronic acid is extracted from chicken combs) and a salt-water-based placebo. Researchers found little difference in results between the two groups. …
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In The News: 06/04

Drive-Through Joint Replacement: The Jury Is Out We reported in December 2003 on mini-incision total knee replacement (MI-TKR), a new procedure that is not only less invasive but reduces scarring, recovery time, and helps a patient regain range of motion faster. Some surgeons have now taken the procedure a step further, claiming that minimally invasive total knee or hip replacement (using very small surgical instruments to create tiny incisions) can be performed on an outpatient…
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Eat To Beat Inflammation

To ease RA pain, concentrate on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid.
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Non-Surgery Options For Knee OA

There are a multitude of things you can do to manage your knee arthritis and, hopefully, reduce the likelihood that youll need joint replacement down the road. Most of these steps are fairly well known-from losing weight, to regular stretching and exercise, to finding the right medications to manage your pain. But what is not […]
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