Rheumatoid Arthritis afflicts millions of people in the United States and develops due to inflammation in the joints, particularly in the elbows, hands, and knees, and without treatment, in time, it may lead to critical joint degeneration. Even though there is no surefire way to prevent the disease itself, there are precautions and measurements one can take to make sure their condition does not worsen.
The Right Treatment: Diet & Exercise
Finding the appropriate and most effective form of treatment is the first step. The faster you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the better. The next step is to ensure that you visit your rheumatologist regularly to assess the progress. Your rheumatologist will advise you to exercise regularly, and there are plenty of RA-friendly routines that you can integrate into your daily life. Aerobics, yoga, tai chi are all beneficial in strengthening muscles and joints without overexertion, and they are also great for your heart and lung health. Water sports are also recommended options for people suffering from RA as they tend to be easier on the joints.
Healthy eating is another integral part of living a normal and healthy with Rheumatoid Arthritis. All the foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are your best friend, which include most fatty seafood products like tuna and salmon. If you are not a fan of fish, with the right dosage, fish oil supplements are a good alternative. An increased intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber, and whole grains also help to alleviate joint inflammation. Extra-virgin olive oil helps with inflammation as it contains a compound called oleocanthal that hinders the production of inflammation-promoting enzymes. Strawberries also help with RA pain and discomfort as they decrease C-reactive proteins.
RA Medications for Relief
Surprisingly, there are also a number of over-the-counter medications that have been shown to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms, like naproxen sodium and ibuprofen.
Corticosteroids are sometimes also used to prevent joint deterioration. Needless to say, please consult with your physician or rheumatologist before start taking or mixing any medications for RA.
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