Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases in America.
Many more women than men are diagnosed under 50 years of age. However, this statistic somewhat flips by the time we reach 60.
New research indicates that diet may influence traditional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. This article summarizes the current science and recommendations.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the structure and function of the joints. A membrane called the synovium lines the joints, creating space and fluid for lubrication and movement. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system attacks the lining of the joints. The exact cause is unknown.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Joint pain or tenderness
- Redness or swelling in the joints
- Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
- Low-grade fever
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Firm lumps under the skin
- Poor joint mobility.