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Mediterranean Diet Offers Multiple Benefits to Arthritis Sufferers

By following a Mediterranean diet for only three months, women who had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for eight years not only experienced "significant" alleviations in pain, but lost weight and lowered their increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease associated with RA.

The study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, involved 130 female patients (aged 30 to 70) from different hospitals in Glasgow, UK, who had suffered from RA for eight years. Half the women—the intervention group—attended weekly two-hour sessions for six weeks, including hands-on cooking classes backed up with written dietary information. The control group received written dietary information only. Both groups completed food frequency questionnaires (FFQs), and clinical and laboratory measures were taken at baseline, 3 and 6 months.

Analysis of the FFQs showed significant increases in weekly total fruit, vegetable and legume consumption and improvement in the ratio of monounsaturated:saturated fat intake and systolic blood pressure in the intervention group only. Correspondingly, women in the intervention group, but not controls, experienced significant benefit as shown in the Health Assessment Questionnaire score at 3 months, pain score at 3 and 6 months, early morning stiffness at 6 months, and patient global assessment at 6 months. As an added benefit, women in the intervention group lost an average of 2 pounds over the 6 month period, while the control group gained 6.6 pounds.

McKellar G, Morrison E, McEntegart A, et al. A pilot study of a Mediterranean-type diet intervention in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis living in areas of social deprivation in Glasgow. Ann Rheum Dis. 2007 Sep;66(9):1239-43. PMID: 17613557

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