Health & Wellness
“Although the improvement among all health care providers is encouraging, opportunities exist to further increase counseling for exercise among adults with arthritis,” wrote Jennifer Hootman, PhD, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues.
Based on their findings, Ms Khanna and colleagues suggest that patients with RA should consider the benefits of adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet, eliminate any foods that could potentially cause an allergic reaction, and introduce more polyunsaturated fatty acids—found in oily fish, plant-based oils, and walnuts—into their diet.
Exercise significantly reduced symptoms of depression in patients with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus, according to the results of a recent study by George A. Kelley, PhD, Professor, and Kristi S. Kelley, MEd, Research Instructor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
With the ever-present focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) struggle between their ideal lifestyle and the limitations inherent to their condition, according to recent research. Patients also described self-regulation when handling lifestyle habits (eg, guilt and motivation), and reported the importance of companionship.
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for infection because of inherent immune dysregulation and chronic immunomodulatory therapy. However, uptake of the influenza vaccine (IVX), pneumococcal vaccine (PVX), and herpes zoster vaccine (HZVX) has been suboptimal among this at-risk group.
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