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Smoker or past smoker? Diet can play a part in your arthritis

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Diet and nutrition are all of the hype and as we enter the new year, diet and health is at the top of conversations topics. From paleo to keto to vegan, there are a lot of popular diets out there. One that has been the focus of scientific study for the past 20-30 years is the Mediterranean diet. As the name implies, this diet is consistent with how people eat in countries near the Mediterranean sea. It's rich in olive oil, light foods, cereals, fruits, and wine. In other words, there's a plethora of healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.

While it's been a known fact that Mediterranean diets promote healthy weight, decrease risk of heart attacks/strokes, and increase in longevity, scientists have found that it can possibly also prevent rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who smoked or used to smoke. In an article published in Arthritis and Rheumatology in September 2020, an analysis of about 63,000 women in France showed that there was decrease prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the group of women who smoke(d) and ate a Mediterranean diet. Just some food for thought.

Whether you smoke or don't smoke, eat a Mediterranean diet or not, if you are experience arthritic pain, consider stem cell therapy as your minimally invasive line of treatment. Instead of living your life on pain-killers, give your body a chance for it to heal itself.

At Hero Medical Center, we specialize in therapies that help you find long term pain relief by setting up your body for success. Call or visit us today and our team of medical professions can answer any questions you might have.

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