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“Two studies, presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, show a person’s diet can significantly affect his or her chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis.”

According to the article, “The first study found that typical Western diets high in red meat, processed meat, refined grains, fried food, high-fat dairy, and sweets can increase a person’s risk of developing RA in comparison to Prudent diets made mostly of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, poultry and fish.”

The second study presented, “showed that following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can also lower one’s chances of developing the disease. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “the Dietary Guidelines for Americans … provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.”

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American College of Rheumatology (ACR). “Diet may determine your risk for rheumatoid arthritis.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 November 2015. <>.
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