Introduction

There are many different types of arthritis, which, broadly defined, can be categorized into two major groups: degenerative and inflammatory. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of degenerative arthritis. in an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) there is a systemic illness with inflammation of many joints. There is evidence of a systemic immune response; there is also activation of the acute-phase response. The systemic inflammation leads to altered energy and protein metabolism and wasting of body cell mass and muscle mass, described as 'rheumatoid cachexia.'

Dietary management of these two major types of arthritis differs substantially. in OA, the primary goal of dietary management is prevention via weight loss. Very little is known about the prevention of RA; the primary goal is treatment of inflammatory symptoms and prevention of joint damage and disability. We discuss dietary therapies including modification of dietary fatty acids and supplementation, in addition to vitamin and mineral supplementation and elimination diets; and make recommendations for optimizing dietary intake in order to attempt to alleviate disease symptoms.

Arthritis Relief Now

Arthritis Relief Now

When you hear the word arthritis, images of painful hands and joints comes into play. Few people fully understand arthritis and this guide is dedicated to anyone suffering with this chronic condition and wants relief now.

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