Patient Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diet, Exercise, and Stress Management

Welcome to the Patient Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Older couple walkingRheumatoid arthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis, changes your life—which may sound like an over-the-top statement, but you know it's true. The chronic joint pain affects your work life, your home life, and how well you can do things that used to come easily. Gardening may not be as easy. Writing may be painful. Even walking can be tough, depending on which joints are affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

We've put together this Patients' Guide to help you make healthy lifestyle choices every day as you take care of your rheumatoid arthritis. We cover diet, exercise, and stress management.

  • Learn about omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and how they affect your joints—and get tips on balancing your omega-6 and omega-3 intakes.
  • Read about a recent study that showed that rheumatoid arthritis patients can do high-intensity exercises. That may surprise you, so be sure to read this rheumatoid arthritis exercise article.
  • Stress can make your rheumatoid arthritis inflammation worse, so read up on stress management tips to keep your stress level nice and low.

We even have a Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercises Slideshow so you can learn simple stretches and exercises to keep your joints mobile.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis can be tough—but our Patient Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis can make some of the day-to-day challenges easier.

Updated on: 06/30/15
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