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How Diet Impacts Arthritis Symptoms

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Experts in both the scientific and medical communities agree that there is a definite correlation between diet and arthritis. Until recently, anecdotal evidence provided the main insight that certain foods eaten by arthritis sufferers could positively or negatively impact the onset and severity of their symptoms. Now, however, scientists and doctors have a better understanding of what foods can keep arthritis symptoms at bay and which ones can antagonize this condition.

As a Lincoln in-home care provider, we work with many seniors who are living with arthritis and wanted to share a bit of information about how to adjust one’s diet to better manage symptoms.

People who consume a lot of dairy, for example, may notice that they suffer more often from arthritic pain and inflammation. Dairy remains one of the primary dietary antagonists that patients are often told to avoid or eat in moderation. The saturated fats in dairy favorites like cheese, yogurt, and ice cream contribute to joint swelling and pain that plague many arthritis sufferers.

Along with dairy, people are also advised to keep their consumption of trans fat and refined carbohydrates to a minimum. Snack foods such as crackers, sweets including cookies, pudding, and ice cream and frozen dinners may be tempting; however, they are known to aggravate arthritis symptoms. For seniors who either have difficulty getting to the grocery store or are unable to safely prepare fresh foods as the result of their arthritis pain, consider outside help. Seek assistance from friends and family, local meal delivery companies or from a reliable and professional Lincoln caregiver who can provide transportation to the grocery store, help with cooking and much more.

Alternatively, some foods are known to promote positive joint and bone health and can help keep symptoms at bay. Extra-virgin olive oil, for example, contains helpful monounsaturated fats, as well as a compound called oleocanthal that has been identified as preventing arthritic swelling and pain. Likewise, antioxidants like Vitamins C and E promote good cell growth and tissue repair, both of which are critical in keeping symptoms to a minimum.

Seniors and older adults should make it a point to eat more of these helpful foods and avoid those that cause symptoms to flare. Keep in mind that each individual will respond differently to certain foods, so don’t be afraid to adjust the diet, adding or eliminating specific foods as necessary.

For more information about senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Lincoln at 402-261-5158. Our Care Managers are on call 24/7 to answer your questions about hourly and live-in home care in Lincoln and can help you schedule a free consultation to discuss individual care needs.