Battling rheumatoid arthritis – American Ninja Warrior style. #WeAreAllAbel
The TV series American Ninja Warrior (ANW) is a show where contestants compete to win the grand prize by finishing an obstacle course requiring strong, agile and determined athleticism. Contestants must have faith that they can conquer any obstacle put in front of them – the same type of faith some have when battling rheumatoid arthritis. In ANW contestant Abel Gonzalez’s case, this was true in the literal sense.
Abel grew up in Chicago with a rough childhood. His parents married young and had little financial means. In an interview with EverydayHealth, he said: “My dad was abusive. He sold tires at a flea market to try to help us get by. When I was 10, my mom and dad’s fighting escalated.” His parents eventually split up and Abel and his brothers were forced to split up. Abel and his brother were sent to live with family members in Texas, while his two younger brothers stayed behind to live with his mother in Chicago.
“I can remember my younger brothers sitting on the steps as Matthew and I drove away for good. It devastated me to be apart from my younger brothers. I was only 10. I thought that maybe I had caused my parents to get divorced,” Abel added.
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.
Osteoarthritis 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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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:
- 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
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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According 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.
A 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).