Does diet play much of a role in degenerative diseases?

A Major Role. Toxic food items are perhaps the reason of the epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products caus.
Absolutely! Foods which promote inflammation are bad for degenerative diseases like arthritis. Avoid omega-3 fatty acids and maximize omega-6. A great discussion off diet in arthritis, with objective evidence, can be found here: http://www.Medicinenet.Com/script/main/art.Asp?Articlekey=46269.