Monday, June 06, 2016

Diet Inextricably Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your diet greatly influences your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Two studies presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting found those who ate a diet high in red and processed meat, refined grains, fried food, high-fat dairy and sweets were more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who ate a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, poultry and fish.

Surprisingly, the same research team found that even following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can lower the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, is characterized by pain, stiffness and swelling in multiple joints. The cause is unknown, and it can lead to joint damage and deformity. More women develop it than men.