A good diet is important for everyone, but it is especially key for people with arthritis. Arthritis can make it harder to get variety in your diet, since fatigue and pain can lower your appetite.
Swollen joints and loss of movement may lead you
to avoid foods, such as vegetables, that need more
time or effort to prepare
and cook. Certain kinds
of arthritis and some medications can also affect how
well your body uses what you eat.
The University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recommends seven basic guidelines for a balanced, healthy diet:
* Eat a variety of foods.
* Maintain ideal weight.
* Avoid too much fat and cholesterol.
* Avoid too much sugar.
* Eat foods with enough starch and fibre.
* Avoid too much sodium.
* Drink alcohol in moderation.
A doctor, nutritionist, or other health care professional can help you tailor these guidelines for your needs.