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A useful checklist to read:

A recent post on the website listed ’10 Essential Facts about RA’ we urge you to read the complete list as it’s very informative. Below we provide the last three points on the list:

Controlling inflammation in RA can have positive ripple effects on your health.

“It may be that controlling inflammation is important not only for treating the arthritis but for protecting people’s long-term health from all these other conditions,” explains Bernard R. Rubin, D.O., division head of rheumatology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University.Rubin. For example, a study in the January 2015 issue of Journal of the American Heart Association found that people with RA who were treated with DMARDs experienced reductions in their CRP levels and significant increases in the ability of their high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol; this effect may in turn reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet can help.

Sticking with a diet that’s loaded with antioxidant-rich foods (think: fruits, vegetables, whole grains) and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods (like fatty fish, walnuts, chia seeds) may help reduce inflammation and help improve RA symptoms. What’s more, research suggests that drinking green tea, which contains epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), a potent anti-inflammatory substance, helps reduce the inflammation associated with RA and the increased risk of developing heart disease.

It’s essential to make sleep and exercise priorities to reduce some of the effects of inflammation.

Granted, it’s hard to work out with pain or sleep when you’re experiencing intense pain. But “not getting enough sleep or sleeping poorly increases the inflammatory response and muscle tension if you have RA.” In fact, a study in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Caring Sciences found that in people with RA, pain and sleep problems are linked with an increase in inflammatory markers such as CRP. The researchers’ conclusion: Relieving pain and improving sleep can decrease the intensity of RA. Consider this another good reason to talk to your doctor about interventions that could help you improve the quality of your sleep, for the sake of your RA symptoms and your overall health.

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