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Arthritis Facts and Myths

Debunking Common Myths About Arthritis

Arthritis is much more than a disease plaguing the elderly – it’s the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S. and impacts more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children. It’s smart to learn about this common but painful disease. Do you think you know about arthritis? Test yourself with these arthritis myths and learn the facts.
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5 Bad Habits to Drop for Better Arthritis Management

In a perfect world, pain wouldn’t exist, our weight would be optimal and we’d enjoy daily exercise and have energy to spare. But the world is not perfect, and sometimes our bad habits get in the way of our best intentions to live a healthy life. You can make small changes toward adopting a healthier lifestyle and reducing your arthritis symptoms. Along with adopting the healthy habits in our previous blog post, make an effort to break these 5 unhealthy habits.

  1. Eating over-processed foods.

Sugar and white flour – and the overabundance of them in processed foods – can lead to weight gain, which is hard on sore joints. Replace them with fruits, nuts and whole grains. A good rule of thumb, says Rachel Brandeis, a registered dietitian in Atlanta, is to indulge in foods with fewer than 10 grams of sugar and more than 3 grams of fiber per serving. You’ll feel full on less and prevent weight gain. Continue reading 5 Bad Habits to Drop for Better Arthritis Management

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Myth or Truth: You Are At Greater Risk of Cold and Flu Because of Arthritis

Everybody’s more prone to getting sick when chilly weather brings people – and their airborne, surface-clinging germs – closer together. But those with inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, face added risk. That’s because both the disease and certain therapies to treat it – like biologics and corticosteroids – interfere with the normal workings of the immune system.

This also makes you more vulnerable to complications like pneumonia if you do fall ill, says Ruchi Jain, MD, rheumatologist in White Plains, N.Y.

To build your defenses, brush up on cold- and flu-fighting know-how:

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Arthritis Increases Your Risk of Food Poisoning

The fall season calls for tailgates, backyard barbecues and picnics in the park. But these festive occasions can also set the stage for food poisoning, especially if you have an autoimmune disease. Here’s how to stay safe.

“Bacteria breed faster in warm temperatures,” says Ben Chapman, PhD, an assistant professor and food safety specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “And there’s a greater risk for contamination when you prep and eat food outside.”

People with autoimmune forms of arthritis may be particularly susceptible. Their disease and some medications, including disease-modifying drugs and corticosteroids, can weaken the immune system, making it harder to fight off harmful bacteria.

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