Arthritis sufferers urged to consider vegan diet
People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are being urged to consider switching to a gluten-free, vegan diet.
A new study in Stockholm has discovered that such an eating plan could reduce arthritis sufferers’ high risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which affects an astonishing 350,000 individuals in the UK alone, is linked to an inflammation of the arteries. It is therefore important that sufferers control the amount of cholesterol in their diet, something the Arthritis Research and Therapy study found can be achieved by excluding animal and gluten products from someone’s diet.
The Arthritis Research Campaign, however, has urged caution for anyone planning to change their eating habits.
‘A vegan diet may be helpful in reducing cholesterol, but it is difficult to get enough of some important nutrients on a vegan diet,’ a spokesperson said.
‘However we do know that, for example, eating oily fish can reduce inflammation, and risk factors for developing the condition include high consumption of red meat and low consumption of fruit and vegetables, so diet does play a role – however limited.’