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The Right Diet Can Help Manage Osteoarthritis

There are 27 million Americans with osteoarthritis, a joint disease caused by wear and tear associated with aging, injury, or obesity. We explain how you can use your diet to help manage this disease and improve your quality of life.

Joint health is one of the unsung heroes of quality of life. We sometimes don’t appreciate the easy pleasures of opening a jar or enjoying an evening walk until osteoarthritis makes it painful for us to engage in these once-simple activities.

Although diet alone is not a cure-all, it is certainly instrumental in maintaining a healthy weight—and weight is one of the most important aspects of managing, and sometimes preventing, the wear and tear that leads to osteoarthritis.

A healthy weight, supported by a balanced diet, has two components:

A healthy variety of food groups is good for our general nutrition as well as for the weight management goals of osteoarthritis patients.

A healthy arthritis diet is about controlling weight and supporting nutrition through healthy selections of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. It is also important to avoid foods like saturated and trans fats, salt, and sugar. Keep your alcohol consumption moderate: two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women. Smart diet choices can help you manage arthritis, and may prevent more severe osteoarthritic conditions from developing at all.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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