Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Lifestyle habits play an important role in the proper management of rheumatoid arthritis, so it is advisable to: 

Man running; regular physical exercise

Do regular physical activity. Exercise is a very useful tool for preserving functionality and improving patient quality of life.  

Food pyramid

Eat a balanced and varied diet, such as the Mediterranean diet. To date, there is no evidence that any specific diet improves or changes the course of the disease. However, a balanced diet rich in dairy products and vitamin D is recommended to supplement the effects of chronic glucocorticoid use. 

Scale indicating correct weight

Maintain a healthy body weight. Being the proper weight helps prevent disease complications. 

Cigarette crossed out on a "no smoking" poster

Avoid tobacco. This is a risk factor for developing the disease and is also associated to a worse response to drugs and poor disease progression.   

Emotional support between two women

Balance emotional factors. It is important to reduce stress and have personal and social resources that help you face the disease and live with it. These also encourage self-care habits and treatment follow-up. 

Person sleeping in bed

Get adequate rest and leisure activities.

Person sitting at a table with several documents

Working life. The current treatments allow the vast majority of patients to continue with a normal working life. 

Symbol of man and woman

Sexuality. This is part of a patient's quality of life. During the remission stages there are usually no problems with sexual activity, and neither the medication nor the disease itself conditions changes in sexual desire. However, the presence of pain, stiffness, fatigue, and limited movement during flare-ups of the disease can have an impact. 

Substantiated information by:

José Alfredo Gómez Puerta
Marta Bassas
Núria Sapena
Raimon Sanmartí Sala

Published: 21 January 2021
Updated: 21 January 2021

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