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Diet and Your Arthritis

May is not only National Older Adults Month, it is also Arthritis Awareness Month! The Arthritis Foundation has provided a useful article to help older adults manage their arthritis. Special thanks to the Arthritis Foundation for providing us a very helpful article.

Can the foods you eat cause or affect your arthritis? That's one of the most common questions people with arthritis ask. Because symptoms of arthritis can vary from day to day, it is natural to think that what you ate yesterday caused or reduced the pain you feel today. 

There are some scientific reasons to think that the foods you eat could affect certain kinds of arthritis. Evidence shows that excessive weight and the type of diet you follow may influence symptoms of certain types of arthritis and related conditions. 

However, all persons with arthritis, young and old, can benefit from eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. This includes a variety of foods; plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products; and sugar, salt and fat (especially saturated fat found in animal products) in moderation. Taking the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals also is an important part of a healthful diet. A good diet promotes overall health and helps to control weight. Check out the web site for more information http://www.arthritis.org/resources/nutrition/diet.asp