Nutrition Effect in Rheum

In the NIH Journal article titled “Dietary Habits and Nutrition in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can Diet Influence Disease Development and Clinical Manifestations?,” the abstract is eye-opening:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, autoimmune disease characterized by joint involvement, with progressive cartilage and bone destruction. Genetic and environmental factors determine RA susceptibility. In recent years, an increasing number of studies suggested that diet has a central role in disease risk and progression. Several nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, present anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, featuring a protective role for RA development, while others such as red meat and salt have a harmful effect. Gut microbiota alteration and body composition modifications are indirect mechanisms of how diet influences RA onset and progression. Possible protective effects of some dietary patterns and supplements, such as the Mediterranean Diet (MD), vitamin D and probiotics, could be a possible future adjunctive therapy to standard RA treatment. Therefore, a healthy lifestyle and nutrition have to be encouraged in patients with RA.

The 2020 article, from researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome, goes on to say:

”Dietary habits could represent both disease risk and protective factor, based on the properties of specific foods. Specific dietary choices can indeed show pro-inflammatory effects (for example red meat, salt, excessive caloric intake) or on the contrary reduce inflammation (oil, fatty fish, fruit and others).”

At Remission Medical, we offer what we call Surround Care — we know that for Rheum patients, proper attention to and focus on Nutrition (Diet), Exercise and Behavioral Health can “encircle” the symptoms and even bear on the root cause of disease. This can lead to better clinical outcomes and a faster mean time to remission.