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Does food affect arthritis?
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on type
150 types of arthritis.
Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks.

In brief: Depends on type
150 types of arthritis.
Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Some people do
Some years ago a group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis were put in a research unit.
These people gave a history that certain foods made their arthritis worse. They were given capsules that included the suspected food. The capsules were camoflaged so their contents were not known. The only food that showed an increase in the arthritis symptoms in this test was milk: suspect others can.

In brief: Some people do
Some years ago a group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis were put in a research unit.
These people gave a history that certain foods made their arthritis worse. They were given capsules that included the suspected food. The capsules were camoflaged so their contents were not known. The only food that showed an increase in the arthritis symptoms in this test was milk: suspect others can.
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