Arthritis Care | prudent diet reduces rheumatoid arthritis risk


Think diet may help arthritis… you’re
right! Prudent Diet Reduces Risk of RA
Dr. Jack Cush writing in Rheum Now reported on a study by Lu et al from the Brigham and
Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that a typical Western diet (a “Big
Mac” diet) may increase the risk of RA. Using data from from the NHS II Survey, they
examined 93,859 women (without RA) and their dietary patterns from 1991 to 2011. Diets
were categorized as prudent (diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains,
poultry and fish) or Western diets (high in red and processed meat, refined grains, fried
food, high-fat dairy and sweets). With over 1.5 million patient-years of followup
they identified 626 incident cases of RA. Those with a Prudent dietary pattern noted
a reduced risk of RA. At the same time, those on a Western diet
were at increased risk for RA.

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