Food does not directly affect the joints. Diet very rich in proteins, can be associated with increased inflammation and pain in the joints. Artificial sweeteners can sometimes cause more joint pain.
A well balanced diet that contains fibers, proteins, and carbohydrates in moderation is not harmful for arthritis. Only diet regimes that consist in strict protein intake can increase joint pain and inflammation
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It is recommended that all individuals see a Family Doctor for a full medical examination annually. Adults should get their blood pressure checked (US Preventive Task Force), a flu vaccine (CDC) and more each year.