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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
It has been known for some time that your diet can help manage and in some cases help decrease the effects of the disease upon the body. However, recent evidence may show us that the diet can actually prevent some types of arthritis from occurring.
Remember, as you age, your risk of developing arthritis increases!
According to some new research published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, consuming one serving of fatty fish like salmon or 4 servings per week of non-fatty fish like cod can decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50%! Researchers evaluated the dietary habits of 32,000 Swedish women who completed a food questionnaire in 1987 and again in 1997. During the average 7.5 year follow-up period there were 205 cases of rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed among the participants.
The results of the study indicated that the women who consumed at least one serving of fatty fish per week for the 10 year study period had developed rheumatoid arthritis at half the rate as participants who ate little or no fish at all. Consistent intake of 1 or more servings per week of any type of fish over the entire study period was associated with a reduction in risk of 29% compared to less than 1 serving per week of fish! The results of this study were significant after variables such as smoking, age, alcohol intake and the use of aspirin were considered.
Previous recommendations were that people consume at least 2 servings of fish or shellfish every week for the additional health benefits.”This study is an additional argument to follow that recommendation and to make one of those servings fatty fish,” reports the study author.
In my opinion, depending upon your present health status, 2-4 servings of oily fish per week is required to have the full benefit that this wonderful food can provide. Fish, and seafood weather it’s oily or not is a great source of protein, trace minerals and essential fats. The oily variety of fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines contain higher amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids which can be very helpful in curtailing the abnormal immune response associate with the disease and quell the high amounts of pro-inflammatory chemicals produced as a consequence of this disease.
The omega-3 family of fats can reduce inflammation, swelling, excessive blood flow and decrease the enzymic destruction of joint structures so characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis. These fats can also encourage tissue healing and repair following any damage from free-radicals.
The results of this study clearly indicate the role diet has upon the prevention of disease, even the more serious types of disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project