Choosing foods that minimize inflammation can help.
“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard this phrase so many times that it often goes in one ear and out the other. What does it mean? And is it even true?
Diet clearly plays a significant role in overall heath. There is overwhelming evidence that the typical high-fat, high-sugar American diet can be harmful. Consider cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. According to the World Heart Federation, a diet low in saturated fats and high in vegetables and fruit reduces the incidence of heart disease by 73 percent compared with the typical diet in the developed world.
While the effects of diet on cardiovascular disease are clear, does diet similarly affect rheumatoid arthritis?
“There aren’t a lot of great studies to strongly recommend particular eating habits in RA,” says Dr. Kristen Demoruelle, a rheumatologist specializing in RA in Denver.
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