Arthritis can be very debilitating. Common symptoms are pain, swelling and decreased range of motion. These symptoms can lead to difficulty walking, fatigue, muscle loss and poor quality of life.

The Arthritis Foundation has recommendations for things you can do to improve your symptoms such as prescription or over-the-counter medication, occupational and physical therapy, surgery in some cases, exercise, weight loss and a healthy diet.

Published studies with the U.S. National Library of Medicine document the effects of weight gain causing inflammation in the body. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help with weight management and reduce inflammation. lists 13 foods that are anti-inflammatory including berries, fatty fish, broccoli, avocados, green tea, peppers, mushrooms, grapes, tumeric, extra-virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, tomatoes, and cherries.

Remember that small lifestyle changes over time may greatly reduce your symptoms or prevent them from worsening.

If you suffer from symptoms of arthritis, ask your doctor about lifestyle changes and treatments, including physical or occupational therapy, that might be beneficial to you.

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