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  • Good info to review as I help my hubby with his Osteoarthritis.
  • Becky's article stresses the importance of beta-carotene in your diet but the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker does not include beta-carotene. It is not even listed as an option that you can manually add to your tracker. Would it be possible to add beta-carotene to the tracker, SparkPeople?
    This is very good article , and give more knowledge about the desease and how to cure deseas .
  • This article was really helpful for me in identifying foods that will actually help my condition. Thanks SP!
  • I have been recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee.
    This article is helpful in knowing what to eat to help with this condition.
    Thanks, Becky!
  • a table full of omega-3-containing food.... and chia seeds are not even mentioned????

    chia has roughly 8-times more omega-3 than salmon (without the danger of mercury poisoning that seafood bears).
    i personally prefer adding a "small salmon steak" (=1 tbs chia seeds soaked for 15 mins in a cup of water) to my breakfast-cereal in the morning, that's my omega-3's done and i feel satisfied and content until noon and longer.
  • I will be 63 in a few days and was diagnosed with diabetes about 8 years ago so I have been gradually improving my eating habits. I don't eat sugary foods now, try to avoid gluten, and no longer eat meat all of which has been a great help for my blood sugars and health in general. However, I am still having trouble losing weight and the arthritis I have now in knees and hips makes it tough to get as much exercise as I used to. Before, I could walk 5k with no problem but not so easy now. I am going to get going on vitamins C, D, Beta Carotene, and Omega 3 fatty acids. I take glucosamine chondroitin-MSM now. I've read conflicting info on it but I still think it helps me feel better (less pain) after a few weeks of consistent use. TUBLADY--Big congrats on all your hard work! You inspire me!
  • I knew they would get meat and fish in the list somewhere. Too much meat and fish is what my doctor said caused my osteoarthritis. I feel much better after adopting a plant based diet.
    not impressed with tis website
    I am 51 year old female the first sign of osteoarttitis I got was swelling in my right knee when I was 43 had to give up work. Was treated with painkillers and had my knee drained once every two months. Xrays showed eventually my knee was almost worn away, I had it replaced April this year was very sucessful for about two months but its swollen and painfull again ! Going to start on my suppliments and try and loose the weight I'v gained, got results of my hip xrays last week and they are both looking bad. But I'm determined to take my suppliments and loose weight, this article has been very helpful. Any information would be very helpful, thank you.
  • I was healthy and fit most of my life, but diagnosed with RA at 30. I worked out, lots of exercise and pretty healthy eating till I injured my knee at 56, found I had osteoarthritis. I was out hiking and damaged my knee. Had operation, then another, then the other knee went.
    The other parts of my body were in constant pain. I became disabled, obese and for 14 years, could hardly get around. I then lost 200 lbs, for the doctor told me I was killing myself and would be dead in two years. I had my knees replaced and now get around very well.
    When I started exercising at 335 lbs , I had to lay on the bed and use a resistance band to help lift my leg. I had no strength. It was slow and sometimes painful, but I knew I had to do it. I walked with a walker, sometimes sitting down in the seat to rest.
    One has to cut calories, to lose weight, and do some form of exercise. Check out chair exercises. The rubber resistance bands were a my best exercise equipment for me. I still use them today.
    You should practice stretching every morning and evening too. Have to keep the body limber. I still suffer from RA and osteoarthritis , many morning I feel the pain, I am stiff, but I stretch, limber up, go for a walk and hit the gym for water aerobics. There is nothing probably better for achy joints than to work out in water. But if you can't , then do something else. If only 10 minutes a day. Then work up to 15, then 20. You should manage 30 minutes. It will make a big difference in how you feel.
    I am training for a 1/2 marathon next month. I am going to be 71 in December. It's never to late to change your life for the better.
  • I am 54 now, but was diagnosed several years ago with Osteoporosis, the one thing my Doctors keep stressing to me is to get out and walk. We all know the we can't do normal activities like everyone else and can't exercise like everyone else. So improvise, if your laid up in bed, do legs lifts, just use your imagination and mix it up. Stop if it hurts too much but somehow just get moving. I bought a bike, so I like to ride it when the weather gets cooler. The is a peddler thingy, lol I don't know what it's called , but you can sit in a chair and peddle it like a bike. swimming is good if you have access to a pool, it's easy on the joints. Just do whatever you want to get moving, just get moving. 10 minutes a day and increase as your body allows. Any exercise is better than no exercise.
    I am 50 years old and was diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis 4 years ago in my left knee. I went to the gym and worked out religiously on the treadmill and took aerobic classes , now I do not go and have gained 50 lbs. It can be depressing but I know I am the only one that can change this. I am now trying to eat healthier , and Sparkpeople has helped me with so much information. I take supplements and believe completely that change in diet can only help with inflammation and the pressure put on my knee. I know its a hard hill to climb because I can not work out like I did but with eating healthier and walking as much as I can , I hope to overcome this and try to prevent it from getting worse. To all those that are discouraged due to weight gain, we CAN do this with support from each other !!! :)

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