Nutrition & Supplements

Ask the Doctors: December 2015

How does calcium in milk really prevent osteoporosis? A study suggests too much milk may actually INCREASE risk of bone fracture with age. For foot arthritis or osteoporosis, pain management options are many.
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Fruitcakes and Cookies and Cocktails, Oh My!

Mira Ilic, RD, LD, a registered dietitian in Cleveland Clinics Digestive Disease Institute, knows how stressful the holidays can be for anyone, not just those who suffer from arthritis. She explains, We want everyone to be happy, so we forget to take care of ourselves, which only compounds the issue. Simply skipping meals can feed stress. Its important that you feed yourself, too.
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Diet Beats Inflammations Game

Theres nothing like a hotdog, beer and nachos at a baseball game in the summer. But, if you have arthritis, youd better add a pain reliever to the days lineup: You might need it later. Several foods are known to have inflammatory properties, and for arthritis sufferers, inflammation equals pain, according to Cleveland Clinics Wellness Enterprise Medical Director Roxanne B. Sukol, MD.
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In The News: April 2015

Whether you gain or lose weight, the risk of fracture may persist for postmenopausal women, according to a new study. In an analysis of data from the Womens Health Initiative published in the British Medical Journal (January 2015), postmenopausal women who gained or lost at least five percent of their body weight had an increased risk of fracture. Interestingly, the site of fracture risk varied depending on whether they shed or packed on pounds. Weight loss was linked to a 65 percent increased risk of hip fracture, while weight gain increased the risk of lower limb fracture by 18 percent. The study included data on 120,566 postmenopausal women, with a mean age of 63, who were followed through 2013. The findings suggest that unintentional weight loss of five percent or more in older women should be regarded as a risk factor for fracture, particularly of the hip. In a population study such as this, weight loss is a general sign of poor health, which may cause illness and increased risk for fracture. On the flip side, arm and leg fractures were problematic among those who put on weight. The study was limited due to information on fracture being self-reported, but gives further support to treating women at high-risk of fracture in order to protect their bones.
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Focusing on Feel-Better Foods

There are many claims about the power of food for easing arthritis pain. From eating a cherry a day for relieving aches, to eliminating dairy to prevent arthritis from worsening, its hard to know what dietary advice to follow.While there is no diet that will cure your arthritis-whether its osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-a simple way to start feeling better with food is to think fresh and colorful, according to Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, Cleveland Clinics Wellness Enterprise medical director.When thinking about aging and inflammation, I think of rust inside us. Foods that increase the rust are anything that is high in omega-6s, which is all processed food products, says Dr. Sukol. To decrease the rust and inflammation, keep it simple. The more fresh fruits and vegetables and the richer and deeper the color, the better.
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Is Low Carb the Answer for Weight Loss?

There are literally hundreds of thousands of diets, and now research has shown that one type is particularly effective for weight loss and reducing cardiovascular risk. Known as the low-carb diet, the approach avoids consuming too many carbohydrates-particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers-and focuses on eating foods with healthy fats.
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Complementing Pain Relief with Supplements

Overcoming pain is a daily challenge for those with arthritis, and one route many consider to alleviate the ache is by taking supplements. While research has shown that some may help and might even allow patients to take lower doses of prescription drugs, the fact is that supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Certain supplements do have value in controlling osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) joint pain, but even though these are not prescribed drugs does not mean they are safe, according to Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Linda Mileti, MD.
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Easing Inflammation One Bite at a Time

Inflammation is a key characteristic of many types of arthritis. Not only is inflammation associated with joint damage, but also cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Over the years, numerous studies have looked at dietary modification as a way to reduce inflammation due to the role adipose tissue, or fat cells, may play in many metabolic conditions including regulation of inflammatory responses.
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Ask The Doctors: September 2014

The truth behind chocolate and arthritis pain ...... Exercising through hip pain
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Vitamin D and Bone Health

Is vitamin D the cure for all that ails you? According to the headlines, the vitamin-also known as the sunshine pill- goes beyond benefit to the bones, with the potential to ease migraines, help hives, and prevent strokes as well as lower cholesterol. Adding to these claims, a recent study presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis (April 2014) bolsters news for bones with findings that show long-term vitamin D insufficiency was associated with a greater 10-year risk of having a hip or osteoporotic (bone disease) fracture in elderly women.
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Thinking About Going Gluten Free? Make Sure You Have the Facts

Its a diet touted by athletes and celebrities alike as the key to improving overall health, and research has been giving arthritis sufferers reason to follow their lead as to why going gluten free is advantageous.
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5 Tips for Going Gluten Free

Its never been easier to embark on a gluten-free diet, according to Alicia Woodward, editor of Living Without magazine. These suggestions will help you make the transition, says Woodward.
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