Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Proper Diet for Arthritis

By: Gary Pearson

Arthritis is coming to be considered as an inevitable part of growing old. In the United States, over 40 million people suffer from arthritis - the resulting cost to the US economy is to the tune of over 130 billion dollars, according to studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are plenty of factors that can cause arthritis. Genetics is one important factor. Age is another, as is obesity. You can also be affected by any previous injuries that you might have, infections or illnesses. High impact sports can also be a cause for arthritis.

Inflammation and arthritis go together. Inflammation is a sign that your body is trying to cope with injuries of some sort, when cytokines are produced. When too much of cytokines are produced by the body, inflammation is the result. There are certain foods that stimulate the production of cytokines. It follows that eliminating these foods from your diet can help you deal with arthritis much better.
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