Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are also a number of factors which might make inflammation and pain worse. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis.
Arthritis is not a single disease, but instead a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
Currently, the NHS notes that there is no cure for arthritis, but there are many treatments that can help slow it down.
The Cleveland Clinic says: “Food is medicine. If you’re struggling with pain from arthritis, eating foods that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties — along with any drugs or other treatments your doctor recommends — may help.”
The Arthritis Foundation notes that blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries may all help with arthritis symptoms.
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The Cleveland Clinic says that dark chocolate is a classic favorite but large-scale random control studies have not been done to recommend dark chocolate candy in any quantity to ease inflammation.
It adds: “If you enjoy dark chocolate, look for at least 70 percent or higher cocoa content (the higher the cocoa content, the lower the amount of sugar in the chocolate).”
There are also a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing the condition.
The NHS encourages those living with arthritis to eat a healthy and balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
They explain diets should consist of a variety of foods from all five food groups.
These are fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, and meat, fish, eggs and beans.The health body adds that you should include milk and dairy foods, and foods containing fat and sugar.
If you have arthritis, your joints will most likely feel stiff and be hard to move, you may also find that the area around your joints may feel warm, look red or puffy.
If you notice symptoms or are concerned about arthritis it is important to speak to your GP.
Finding out what’s causing your pain is key to finding the right treatment and self-help options,” says Versus Arthritis charity.
“It’s important to see a doctor if you get any new symptoms or if you have any trouble with drugs you’re taking,” the charity adds.
There are some lifestyle habits and changes that might help manage symptoms.You should also try to quit smoking.
“Smoking causes stress on connective tissues, which can increase arthritis pain,” says the Mayo Clinic.