Rheumatoid Arthritis - Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Smoking increases this risk even more. Smoking may also lower your response to treatment.3 So, if you're a smoker, quit. For more information on how to quit, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Eat a balanced diet
Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It should be low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt and high in fiber and complex
carbohydrate (whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables). According to some studies, fish oil may improve your symptoms.4
- Be sure to get enough
vitamin D to protect your bones against osteoporosis.
For more information, see the topic
- Lose weight, if you are
overweight. For more information, see the topic
- People who have rheumatoid arthritis also have an increased
risk of heart disease. But healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a
healthy diet, may reduce your risk.
For more information, see:
Take care of your teeth and gums
People who have rheumatoid arthritis tend to get gum disease. Some experts think that infection that enters the body through the mouth may make rheumatoid arthritis worse, although this has not been proved. You can help prevent gum disease through good basic dental care.
- Dental Care: Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth