A diet rich in carbohydrates, sugars and saturated fats can affect people who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
According to specialists, the best option in these cases is to follow a Mediterranean diet based on vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish, white meats, pasta, rice and nuts, among others. This can help both act as prevention as well as help stop it from getting worse. See also: Dealing with arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that leads to the joints and surrounding tissues to become inflamed. It can also affect other organs, however. Related article: Arthritis: treat it on time.
“Improper eating habits lead to imbalances in patients’ bodyweight, both excessive eating as well as not eating enough, which can affect patient’s joints: they can become overburdened and lack support structures…” states Eduardo Fernández Ulloa, rheumatology nurse at the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid.
He also adds, “Sometimes we find that nutritional deficiencies play important roles both from an immunology point of view as well as from a bone development point of view, such as with vitamin D.”
Inflammatory diseases can end up affecting any of the body’s organs: the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and osteoarticular systems, and even the neurological system and mental health.
“It therefore is important not only to prevent, but also help those who are already diagnosed so that the disease does not progress,” explains the Spanish Society of Rheumatology in a press release.