Arthritis is rife in the UK; more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis. Their causes may differ, but they share similar symptoms. The most common being stiffness and painful swelling in particular joints.
Saturated fat is found in:
Butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil.
- Fatty cuts of meat.
- Cured meats like salami, chorizo and pancetta.
Research also suggests it isn’t just what you eat but how you eat that can have a profound impact on arthritis.
An advanced glycation end product (AGE) is a toxin that appears when foods are heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurised.
GEs damage certain proteins in your body – your body tries to break these AGEs apart by using cytokines, which are inflammatory messengers.
The NHS explains: “Too much weight places excess pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, ankles and feet, leading to increased pain and mobility problems.”
Exercise can also encourage weight loss and bring direct benefits for managing arthritis.
According to the NHS, regular exercise can also:
- Improve your range of movement and joint mobility
- Increase muscle strength
- Reduce stiffness
- Boost your energy.
“Combined with a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise will help you lose weight and place less strain on your joints,” adds the health body.