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i read in a book

dachshunddachshund Posts: 7,837 ✭✭✭
edited 1. Nov 2009, 10:02 in Living with Arthritis archive
I Went to town to day. i went in wh smiths and looked at a book about arthritis it said oa was caused by eating the wrong food,
is that right. i'm not too over weight i'm 5 foot 3
and 9 and half stone i cannot do metric.
joan xx
take care
joan xx

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  • valvalvalval Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    not heard that one but i am over weight so that not helping me?. citrus can cause flare ups and dairy can cause probs in some people but not read that book will keep popping back 2 c what others have heard
    val
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,401 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Joan,

    Just my opinion but I don't think OA is caused by eating the wrong food because if we knew what the food was no one would eat it and no one would ever have OA.

    Diet can play a part for some people like avoiding something in particular as it's a trigger for them but there are alot of other factors involved too.

    I once followed a diet for my RA and thought it was doing me good but in the end I became ill sticking to the diet and I lost too much weight.

    Anything is worth a go but as we've said before there are no miracle cures out there.

    Luv Legs :|
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • woodbonwoodbon Posts: 4,969
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, They say obsity causes type 2 diabetes and yes there is a link, but my husband had no symptoms, was the normal correct weight took loads of exercise and was only 40 when diagnosed. He was very lucky to be tested for other things after a chest infection and has since been stable on medication. Every time anyone on TV mentions the 'cause of type 2 being over-weight' I have to stick my fingers in my ears, as he shouts back at the telly!

    Personally I think we are what we are. We should lead a healthier life sytle, it may well help or pospone oa and other similar illnesses, but the root cause may be harder to understand.
    Love Sue
  • annebrannebr Posts: 730
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have OA and I am 8 stone and 5' 8''. I agree that you should keep a well balanced diet but if you are predisposed to an illness don't think it will stop you from getting it.

    anne
  • dachshunddachshund Posts: 7,837 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thnk you everyone.
    for your help.
    joan xx
    take care
    joan xx
  • elnafinnelnafinn Posts: 8,043
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear Joan,

    Oh, if only it was that easy! I know tomatoes do not do me much good with my OA but I always eat lots of them in the summer because we grow them and they are delicious!

    I say, as we have arthritis, eat what we like with moderation, we need some treats don't we? :wink::wink::lol::lol:

    Luv
    Elna x
    The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

    If you can lay down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone's day just a little bit better, you know you had a good day.
  • dachshunddachshund Posts: 7,837 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you Elna.
    you cant always believe what you read in books.
    joan xx
    take care
    joan xx
  • livinglegendlivinglegend Posts: 1,425
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Experimenting with foods and supplements is not without risks. "I know people get desperate enough to try anything, but I would not feel comfortable eliminating whole groups of food," says Gerbstadt*. "Before you eliminate any foods or modify your diet, check with a nutritionist."

    "The best advice is to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and stay close to your ideal body weight so affected joints have less extra weight to carry around," says Wilson**. "Also get plenty of rest and exercise and decrease stress."

    Be aware that many supplements interfere with or enhance effects of medications you're already taking. For example, a number of supplements increase the effects of blood-thinning medication. Check with your doctor.
    *Christine Gerbstadt, RD, MD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association.
    **Hayes Wilson, MD, rheumatologist; medical adviser, Arthritis Foundation.
    http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/arthritis-diets-supplements?page=3

    Joseph 8)
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  • chris7chris7 Posts: 2,696
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Joan

    Thanks for this question. Can individual foods make my OA worse? :? I wasn't aware of this. Val and Elna mention tomatoes, and dairy, both of which I love! and eat alot of. I do eat a reasonable diet and am not overweight but could easily cut things out if I thought it would help? I have looked at the link thanks Joseph but have never bothered with supplements as they seem to be often unproven and sometimes expensive.
    Any advise welcome, I'm still learning here :roll:
    Chris
  • sharmainesharmaine Posts: 1,638
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi
    My mother, grandmother and great grandmother had arthritis - I think it's genetic. The specialist says it's an inherited gene. I read somewhere that their looking at stronger replacement joints especially knees. I heard somewhere that some people have had titanium hip replacements which are much stronger. I wonder why they don't do that with knees?

    Did they say which foods caused OA? I eat healthily and have arthur.

    I've tried a few remedies but to be honest when I see the plain evidence of joint disease - I tend to believe that it is genetic and frankly none of these so call remedies helped with pain or restored by damaged joints.

    Sharmaine

    quote="dachshund"]I Went to town to day. i went in wh smiths and looked at a book about arthritis it said oa was caused by eating the wrong food,
    is that right. i'm not too over weight i'm 5 foot 3
    and 9 and half stone i cannot do metric.
    joan xx[/quote]
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,401 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    sharmaine wrote:
    Hi
    My mother, grandmother and great grandmother had arthritis - I think it's genetic. The specialist says it's an inherited gene. I read somewhere that their looking at stronger replacement joints especially knees. I heard somewhere that some people have had titanium hip replacements which are much stronger. I wonder why they don't do that with knees?

    Did they say which foods caused OA? I eat healthily and have arthur.

    I've tried a few remedies but to be honest when I see the plain evidence of joint disease - I tend to believe that it is genetic and frankly none of these so call remedies helped with pain or restored by damaged joints.

    Sharmaine

    quote="dachshund"]I Went to town to day. i went in wh smiths and looked at a book about arthritis it said oa was caused by eating the wrong food,
    is that right. i'm not too over weight i'm 5 foot 3
    and 9 and half stone i cannot do metric.
    joan xx
    [/quote]

    Hi Sharmaine,

    I have replacement knees and they're titanium and polyproprolene (sp?) and that 9 years ago so it's not new to use titanium - I believe they're trying ceramic now but they have a tendency to squeak :shock: :shock:

    You also inherit the faulty gene but that doesn't mean to say you'll get arthritis as you need other factors to trigger it off - that's why, as in my family, 3 are okay whilst 2 of us have a form of arthritis.

    Luv Legs :D
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • sharmainesharmaine Posts: 1,638
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi
    That's interesting. I had no ideas that knees were now made of titanium! Thanks for this info. Do they last longer than the 12-15 years? I suppose it's like fillings they don't last forever! Ceramic knees? ... do they tell you what the replacement joints are made of before the operation? How are your knees now? I'm on the waiting list to have the first one done. This forum is certainly preparing me mentally for what's to come and having arthritis is a lesson itself.

    Sharmaine




    lindalegs wrote:
    sharmaine wrote:
    Hi
    My mother, grandmother and great grandmother had arthritis - I think it's genetic. The specialist says it's an inherited gene. I read somewhere that their looking at stronger replacement joints especially knees. I heard somewhere that some people have had titanium hip replacements which are much stronger. I wonder why they don't do that with knees?

    Did they say which foods caused OA? I eat healthily and have arthur.

    I've tried a few remedies but to be honest when I see the plain evidence of joint disease - I tend to believe that it is genetic and frankly none of these so call remedies helped with pain or restored by damaged joints.

    Sharmaine

    quote="dachshund"]I Went to town to day. i went in wh smiths and looked at a book about arthritis it said oa was caused by eating the wrong food,
    is that right. i'm not too over weight i'm 5 foot 3
    and 9 and half stone i cannot do metric.
    joan xx

    Hi Sharmaine,

    I have replacement knees and they're titanium and polyproprolene (sp?) and that 9 years ago so it's not new to use titanium - I believe they're trying ceramic now but they have a tendency to squeak :shock: :shock:

    You also inherit the faulty gene but that doesn't mean to say you'll get arthritis as you need other factors to trigger it off - that's why, as in my family, 3 are okay whilst 2 of us have a form of arthritis.

    Luv Legs :D[/quote]
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,401 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sharmaine,

    They are supposed to have a 10 - 15 year life span and sometimes longer but alot of other factors come into play with the life of them.

    Weight will have something to do with it and also how old you are - the lighter you are the less stress on the joint (but that's the case for all joints not just replacement ones), the younger you are the more active you'll be. You could argue that if you're very active you'll wear out the joint more quickly but on the other hand the more active you are the stronger your muscles are to support the joint.

    Nine years along the line and my right knee is loosening :shock: but, in my case my right ankle is fixed and this has impacted on my knee due to the way I walk with my fixed ankle :roll:

    When you see your surgeon ask him/her what your joint will be made of and his/her views on how long it's likely to last worst/best case scenario - they'll see you in front of them and be able to judge how long it'll last for you.

    Hope this helps.

    Luv Legs :D
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • topcatttopcatt Posts: 63
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Like Woodbon's husband I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 52 and again was not overweight didn't smoke hardly drank and took moderate exercise so a relatively healthy lifestyle - my only symptom was extreme tiredness so I though I had a problem with my thyroid!!! So despite all that and since then following an even more stringent diet etc., I still have now got arthritis as well - well overweight because all the meds seem to make me put on weight and can't seem to do right for doing wrong so I am pretty sure it is not what I eat that causes all my medical problems!!!
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