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How to Protect Your Joints When You Have RA

Practice Good Posture

It protects your shoulder, hip, and knee joints. When you lift, keep your back straight, your feet wide apart, and bend at your knees and hips, not your waist.

When you're in a chair, rest your feet flat on the floor and keep your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle. Sit upright and lift your chest.

Eat Right

Although there's no specific diet to ease rheumatoid arthritis, some nutrients may help protect your joints.

Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show they can help reduce the inflammation that comes with RA. Some good sources are fatty fish like salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines. You can also try fish oil supplements, but ask your doctor first.

Calcium and vitamin D. Many people with RA don't get enough of these nutrients. Both are important for strong bones and healthy joints. They also help hold off osteoporosis, which becomes more likely when you have RA. Most adults need 1,000-1,200 milligrams of calcium and 600-800 international units of vitamin D each day.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on December 02, 2015
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