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Omega-3 and Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is difficult to imagine with all the hype to lower the fat in our diets that

anyone could be fat or fatty acid deficient. Most Americans, unfortunately, have too much fat that hangs over their belt lines due to the over-consumption of total calories. Another type of fat that causes trouble are omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are increased in the body due to the over-consumption of foods fried in hydrogenated vegetable oil as well as consumption of other hydrogenated oils like those found in margarine. Hydrogenated oils are everywhere!

Vitamin D May Help Prevent MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Jan. 12 - Vitamin D -- which the body makes when exposed to sunlight -- may help prevent multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, two studies suggest.

The findings may help explain why the two autoimmune diseases are more common in northern climes, where sunlight is often scarce, the researchers said.


'Plaque' Build-Up May Occur Faster in Arthritics

Thu Dec 4, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Thickening of blood vessel walls -- a sign of "plaque" build-up -- seems to occur faster in people with rheumatoid arthritis, Japanese researchers report. This may explain why the disease has been linked with an increased risk of death from heart disease.

The results also indicate that blood tests that measure inflammation and bone changes can predict how fast such thickening will occur.


Garden of Delights: Making a Favorite Pastime Easy on Your Joints


Gardening is an enjoyable and fulfilling pastime for many arthritis patients, but building and maintaining your garden may be difficult if your joints hurt. Whether it is your knees, back or fingers, moving about without general pain or stiffness while you work is difficult. The following article will outline some basic tips and plans that you can do to help minimize the strain on your body for a fulfilling gardening experience.

Listen to Your Body & Keep it Simple


Heart Risk High in Arthritis Patients

Tue Aug 26, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When rheumatoid arthritis is active, often in the early stages, cholesterol levels shift into a danger zone where they could start causing plaque buildup in the arteries, new findings show.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often have levels of total cholesterol that are actually slightly below normal, Dr. M. T.