Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you have rheumatoid arthritis because this is a difficult condition to control and live with. Because you have multiple conditions (the RA and possibly insulin resistance or IR), I would urge you to consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" in the middle of the main page of the Website, to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will take your RA, IR, medications and other conditions such as your weightloss, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI) to counteract the IR. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. For example, you will need to eat a low-GI cereal for breakfast like Maximize with soy milk, low-GI bread instead of wholewheat, etc. The dietitian will also have to advise how you can keep your weight constant. Weightloss is a feature of RA when you have flare-ups and you need to know how to adjust your diet to compensate for your increased energy requirement. So do make an appointment as soon as possible with a dietitian.
Keep up the good work with your exercise which helps to keep you supple and mobile despite the RA.
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