A joint problem

| September 27, 2011

“When I need to I’ll use some ibuprofen, but I try not to use it all the time as it is tremendously hard on the stomach. Walking seems to help keep the joints worked up by providing lubrication. When I sit too much old Arthur seems to get restless.” — Jacques C.

Dietary changes that can help

• Decrease Omega-6 fatty acids: found in corn, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed oil; prevalent in snack foods, fried foods, margarines, other spreads.

• Increase Omega-3 fatty acids: found in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna.

• Eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and drink tea. These foods can help reduce enzymes that cause joint inflammation.

Sources: www.arthritis.org;

www.arthritistoday.org; www.cdc.gov

Treatments

(under doctor’s guidance)

• Non-inflammatory arthritis (osteoarthritis): physical therapy, weight loss, pain medications

• Inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid): exercise, weight loss, pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs

sources: www.arthritis.org;

www.arthritistoday.org; www.cdc.gov

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