Medical experts agree that those living with rheumatoid arthritis should make certain lifestyle changes in order to limit the damage.
Please make sure that if you are experiencing symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis you talk to your physician.
Meanwhile, and with the help of some of our local San Diego physicians, below are five of the top lifestyle changes that most doctors agree can help limit the damage RA can do to your body.
1. Quit smoking
According to Dr. Edward Skol, a rheumatologist with Scripps Health in San Diego, environmental factors such as smoking can sometimes trigger the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Use dietary supplements
Fish oils and omega-3a can help control the inflammatory process of the disease, said Dr. Gregg Middleton, an associate clinical professor of rheumatology and orthopedics at the University of California, San Diego.
3. Don’t become overweight
Dr. Natasha Conley, director of osteopathy at San Diego’s Kaiser Permanente, said it’s common sense that less pressure on the weight-bearing joints will ease discomfort for those with rheumatoid arthritis.
4. Perform low-impact exercises
Swimming, yoga, aerobics and other exercises that are easy on the joints can help keep the body properly stretched while not placing too much pressure on the body, said Dr. Skol.
5. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
“A healthy diet is a good thing, even though the relationship between specific foods (and rheumatoid arthritis) are not linked,” Dr. Conley said. She stated that such foods would include fruits, vegetables and fish. Here is an article on what to include in an anti-inflammatory meal plan. You might be surprised at the delicious foods you can include.