No Specific Diet to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis: Study

Young doctor examining x-ray of hands of a senior patient with arthritis. Radiography of a hand.Despite previous claims, new research suggests that diet doesn’t play a role in easing symptoms or progression of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A healthy diet has been found to bring many health benefits, but researchers say that the impact on rheumatoid and musculoskeletal diseases is minimal.

Cardiovascular and mental health may be influenced by diet, but researchers believed that evidence for its influence on symptoms and progression of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases was not concrete. To try and find an answer, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) set up an international task force to look at the potential impact of diet, exercise, weight, smoking, and alcohol on disease progression.


In total, 24 systematic reviews were included in the pooled data analysis and 150 original research articles. The evidence for most dietary interventions for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis was graded as poor or very poor, meaning the number of studies and participants was limited. There was moderate-quality evidence for probiotics, vitamin D, and fish oil, but the impact was minimal.

“Therefore, based on the current evidence, there is no single dietary intervention which has substantial benefits on the outcomes of people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis,” conclude the authors.

While this new research did not find a direct correlation between diet and disease progression, those who live with these diseases should still make sure they eat healthily and not put on too much weight as this could worsen symptoms. This study is one of the first to find no effect of diet on the disease, so more research will be needed to further document and confirm the findings.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.