Our expert says:
Birgit Ottermann is indeed a most charming and efficient colleague. I have promised to write an updated DietDoc Topic on the subject of RA and dietary interventions, which should appear on the Diet & Nutrition section of Health24.com early next week. I am sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with RA, as this is an autoimmune disease, which can be relatively tricky to handle. However, great strides are being made in the treatment of RA. Because you mention that you are overweight, I would like to encourage you to lose weight with the assistance of a registered dietitian. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will have to design an individual diet for you that promotes weightloss so that the strain on your affected joints is reduced, but also boosts your immune system to combat the RA. I would recommend that you remain under the care of a registered dietitian as RA goes through cycles of flare-ups when your requirements for energy and protective nutrients will be increased.
Please check the Diet & Nutrition section of the Health24.com site, during next week for an update on RA and diet.
Wishing you all the best
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