Research: CHOI,

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CHOI, Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA,, has reviewed (61 references) the dietary risk factors for rheumatic disease. Abstract: A prospective study suggests that higher intakes of meat and total protein as well as lower intakes of fruit, vegetables, and vitamin C are associated with an increased risk of inflammatory polyarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Several studies suggest that the Mediterranean-type diet or its main components may have protective effects on the development or severity of rheumatoid arthritis. A recent prospective study investigated several purported dietary factors for gout and confirmed some of the long-standing suspicions (red meats, seafood, beer, and liquor), exonerated others (total protein, wine, and purine-rich vegetables), and also identified potentially new protective factors (dairy products). Recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies suggest that antioxidant vitamins (vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and retinol) do not halt the progression of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, as was previously suggested.






Choi HK. Dietary risk factors for rheumatic diseases. Current Opinion in Rheumatology 17 (2): 141-146, Mar 2005.

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