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Increasing Fish Intake Could Lessen Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

| Aug 14, 2017 | Arthritis, Wellness studies

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition and many victims who suffer from this debilitating disease apply for Social Security disability benefits every year.

A person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from pain, severe inflammation, and stiffness in the joints combined with excessive fatigue. There are also several complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis, including osteoporosis, dry eyes, infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even cardiac disease. These complications make it extremely difficult for a person to work and earn a sustainable income.

A new study finds that eating more fish can help relieve some of the painful symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The results of the study were published recently in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology. Researchers were specifically looking at how increasing fish consumption could reduce activity of the disease.

They found that individuals who consumed fish at least twice a week had a lower disease activity score, compared to individuals who only ate fish once a month or never. In fact, the disease activity reduced with every additional serving of fish in a week.

Science hasn’t yet discovered a single cause of rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are certain factors that may place you at risk of the disease. Women are much more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms most commonly appear when a person is between the age of 40 and 60. Certain lifestyle conditions may also place you at risk. If you are a smoker, or are frequently exposed to undesirable toxins in the environment like asbestos, you may have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Obesity is also linked to the condition.