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We are #ArthritisOlympians – Let the Winter Games begin!

Participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics as #ArthritisOlympians

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has created the #ArthritisOlympians campaign to support athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics games and recognize that people living with arthritis are Olympians in their own sense.

#ArthritisOlympians BannerOlympic athletes must train rigorously in preparation for the Games. Beyond training for their specific event, everything from diet, rest and mental health are keys to success. Olympians rely on support from their team, care from medical staff and guidance from coaches to ensure they are prepared for all challenges that may come their way. Arthritis patients use similar practices in their lives. We are #ArthritisOlympians – confronting pain and fatigue with the support of our healthcare team to overcome daily challenges.

The #ArthritisOlympians campaign runs during the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics games from February 9-March 18. Throughout the campaign, we will highlight the parallel ways Olympians, and #ArthritisOlympians manage their health to achieve their personal bests.

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Fibre rich diet may prevent arthritis knee pain in older adults

According to a recent study, diets rich in fibre from plant-based foods can lower the risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA) in older adults. Fibre-rich diet can also lower cholesterol, contribute to a better-controlled blood sugar, and a healthier diet.

Sources of dietary fibreOsteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects more than 3,200,000 Canadians – about 1 in 10. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown in cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones in joints, allowing joints to function smoothly. The disease can affect any joint, but hands and weight-bearing joints—including the spine, hips and knees—are most often affected. Other joints, like shoulders, elbows, and ankles, are less likely to be affected unless the joint has been damaged by injury.

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Be arthritis smart this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to thank the ones you love and of course, enjoy a big feast in the company of family and friends. Sadly, for people living with arthritis, the average Fall favourite food may come with a side of inflammation. Everyday Health provides a summary of good alternatives for healthier food options:

  1. Make your pecan pie an apple pie. Pecan pie and its filling is high in fat and sugar. A fruit-based dessert has nutritional benefits and contains fewer calories. Apple pie can have fewer than half the calories of pecan pie! Continue reading

Healthy anti-inflammatory diet for arthritis

Dr. Andrew Weil, a physician, best-selling author, speaker and thought-leader in integrative medicine, has developed the “Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid” to help guide those interested in trying an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, some cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The diet can also help with healthy aging.

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Study shows gout is a night owl

Close up of an owlA recent journal published in Arthritis & Rheumatology by the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School shows that acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day. The increased risk was seen even among patients with low purine intake in the 24 hours prior to an attack. Purines are specific chemical compounds found in some foods and are broken down into uric acids. A diet rich in purines from certain sources of food can raise uric acid levels in the body, sometimes leading to the onset of gout.

In an interview with HealthDay, study author Dr. Hyon Choi said: “It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night. Despite the possibility of a nighttime link to gout, no study prior to our current investigation has looked at the association between gout attack risk and the time of day.” Continue reading

Life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis

Multi talk bubblesAccording to the results from the JointHealth™ Program Satisfaction and Interest survey, people living with arthritis want to learn about natural ways to help treat or ease the pain from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis that you can consider. Please note that this article is for information purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before changing or starting a new treatment plan.

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A salty effect on your immune system

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new trial in the United States is looking at the effect of salt on the immune system. Previous research shows that a high intake of salt has an adverse effect on medical conditions like high blood pressure and diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, and stomach cancer.

A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that animals fed a high-salt diet for three weeks had a dramatic increase in a type of cell in the immune system called type 17 helper T cell (Th17) when compared to those fed a normal diet. The Th17 cell triggers inflammation and is associated with diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (which cause inflammation in the gut).

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Exploring food choices: Fruits and Veggies

The Fall season is great for exploring food choices. With seasonal holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon while creating the perfect holiday dish. Here are some fun facts to consider before you prep your next meal.

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In a recent article on WebMD, it is noted that scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. It means that bell peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins are considered fruits. Did you also know that one green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C? Red and yellow peppers can double that number. A citrus fruit, like the orange, contains just 75 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Sweet peppers are also rich sources of vitamin B6 and folate.


Bananas are berries because it is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of a flower). In a similar fashion, grapes and kiwis are also berries. Bananas are rich in potassium and the arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They are also a source of soluble fiber, which helps you lose weight by making you feel full without adding calories.


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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

Along with intense, high performance training and exercise, today’s players in the FIFA World Cup follow rigorous nutrition and diet regimes to maximize their performance. The coaching staff of the World Cup teams, with the guidance and direction of dieticians and nutritionists, provide their players carefully planned meals and snacks.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerMaintaining a good diet is also good for your joint  health. #Goals4Arthritis wants you to enhance your performance by eating well today. Cooking at home is a good way to ensure you get the healthy ingredients your body requires and a positive way to be active and get your joints moving.

Though no dietary miracles have yet been discovered in the fight against arthritis, scientists have made a number of recent research advancements on the role of diet and nutrition in arthritis treatment. Today, we understand much more about the connections between arthritis, diet, healthy bodyweight, immune function, and inflammation. We are learning more and more about the positive steps each of us can take to fight arthritis and encourage overall health.

To help you understand what the research is telling us about arthritis and nutrition, click here for a discussion about what is proven effective, and what is not:

Fatty fish could reduce rheumatoid arthritis risk

A recent study shows that having a regular weekly serving of fatty fish like salmon or four weekly servings of lean fish like cod could reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

The study was conducted by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and analyzed the dietary habits of 32,232 Swedish women. All the women were born between 1914 and 1948. The study tracked the health of these women from 2003 to 2010.

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At the start of the study, the women completed food frequency questionnaires in 1987 and again in 1997. In the questionnaire, they provided detail information regarding what they ate, including different types of fish. In the follow-up period, 205 women were diagnosed with RA, 27% of which ate less than 0.21g of omega-3 fatty acids per day. Those who exceed 0.21g per day, one serving of fatty fish or four servings of lean fish per were half as likely to develop RA.

According to an article posted in WebMD UK Health News, the women needed to eat at least one portion of all types of fish every week for at least 10 years to get the most benefit. A fishy diet is beneficial because fish contains long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Below is a list of omega-3 rich fish. List of omega-3 rich fishesProfessor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, comments: “Fish body oil and fish liver oil are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can regulate the body’s immune system and fight joint inflammation. We’ve known for some time that there is good evidence that in people with active arthritis, taking fish oils can reduce the level of inflammation and may prevent inflammation from starting in the joint.”