Today, more patients are showing signs of arthritis at an earlier age. The Centers for Disease Control reports nearly 55 million people across the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, including children — and that number is expected to rise. What’s causing this growth?
According to Michael Fallon, MD, general orthopedic surgeon at El Paso Specialty Hospital, one of the leading contributors to arthritis today is diet. Poor food choices, including consumption of too much sugar, can trigger increased inflammation in the joints.
Whether you have arthritis and are looking to minimize the pain, or you want to take strides to prevent early arthritis, start with your diet. Cut down on sugar and foods that trigger inflammation; instead, focus on introducing more anti-inflammatory foods into your daily meals.
7 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Prevent Arthritis and Minimize Joint Pain
• Green, leafy vegetables
• Beans (red beans, pinto beans, kidney beans)
Don’t wait until you have pain — start introducing these foods today! If you are experiencing joint pain, contact your doctor to help identify the cause so you can begin the best treatment plan for you.