Role of diet in rheumatic disease

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;37(1):119-33. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2010.11.006. Epub 2010 Dec 4.


Millions of people suffer from rheumatic diseases such as gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. These can be incapacitating and detrimental to quality of life. Diet, nutrition, and weight loss have shown promise in alleviating some of this disease burden. These lifestyle changes may give patients a feeling of control and ownership over their disease as well as a nonpharmacologic means of treatment. This article reviews the available research on the effects of diet and nutrition on rheumatoid disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Attitude to Health
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Diet Therapy / methods*
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Nutritional Support / methods*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / complications
  • Rheumatic Diseases / metabolism
  • Rheumatic Diseases / physiopathology
  • Rheumatic Diseases / therapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Weight Loss