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Gluten-free vegan diet helps rheumatoid arthritis

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Editor's note: The Food and Drug Administration has approved Actemra for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Genentech, Inc. announced this week. There is no cure for the health condition though. We posted an article below for those who may be interested in alternative ways to manage their disease.

Sunday Jan 10, 2010 (foodconsumer.org) -- Eating a gluten free vegan diet may help patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study in Arthritis Research & Therapy has suggested.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease which affects multiple joints of the body. The vegan diet was found to be atheroprotective and anti-inflammatory.

Elkan AC and colleagues from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, found the gluten free vegan diet induced lower their body mass index, and low-density lipoprotein and higher anti-PC IgM than the control diet.

The study involved 66 patients at an average age of 50 years with active rheumatoid arthritis with 38 assigned a gluten free vegan diet and 28 given a well-balanced non-vegan diet for one year.

Like many other diseases,  rheumatoid arthritis cure does not exist although rheumatoid arthritis treatments are available to help manage the health condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment options include drugs, joint stress management, physical and occupational therapy, and surgical intervention.

By Jimmy Downs


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chester vendetti on 01/10/2010 23:10:26
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I have been gluten free and eat no red meat for the last three years. The pain from arthritis in my hands has diminished by 80%. I would urge all to try it.
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on 01/11/2010 00:19:35
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I have also followed a gluten-free diet (as well as dairy, sugar and corn free)to manage my RA with amazing results. But, eating this way can be a challenge. If you're looking for Gluten-Free/Vegan prepared food items, check out this site: www.cleancravings.com
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JC on 01/11/2010 11:18:55
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Here's what I've been doing for 21 years! It's the best :)

Based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America’s leading health advocates, this TOTALLY FREE program is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet.

http://support.pcrm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=21day_vegan_kickstart

Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo
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Lynn on 01/16/2010 09:55:52
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I recently dropped methotrexate, which was causing me lots of discomfort, such as hair loss, sore muscles and bad skin, and went onto a pure vegan diet(I had already dropped meat and fish - all that remained was diary). I am now managing my RA much, much better than ever before. I am still finding certain foods have a negative effect on me, and then add them to the list to be excluded. This is a much better alternative to medication, which definitely doesnt cure the problem and which has such bad long term effects. I agree that eating this way is challenging, especially from a social perspective. I think that all RA sufferers should give this approach serious consideration.
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Natasha on 01/24/2010 11:55:55
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Excellent info. I've had arthritis for years and find that vegan foods have helped me a lot.
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DH on 01/26/2010 22:02:39
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Is it possible to find a rheumatologist that will work with you in following this for RA, if you are not taking drugs?
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Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis on 03/21/2010 17:02:59
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Yes, most of the pains and diseases are caused by eating non-veg foods.

Veg food makes greener life...

http://www.cure-rheumatoid-arthritis.com/
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Slot on 05/21/2010 07:32:21
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It is possible to follow a gluten-free vegan diet, although you must be extra careful to ensure that your diet is nutritionally adequate.
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