According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 million Americans are currently living with some form of arthritis. Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that most readily affects individuals over the age of 50. Individuals who develop arthritis experience painful swelling in their joints that may interfere with normal everyday activities and mobility.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most painful and debilitating of all forms of arthritis. While doctors and medical researchers have yet to pinpoint the exact causes of the debilitating disease, they continue to explore possible ways to ward off its development.
Results from a Swedish study provide more reasons why individuals who enjoy a regular diet of fish may be protected against the development of arthritis. Fish, such as salmon, contains omega-3 fatty acids which medical researchers believe has many health benefits including decreasing an individual’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
For the study. researchers examined the diets and lifestyles of some 32,000 woman over the course of a seven-year period. Throughout this time, 205 of the woman developed rheumatoid arthritis. From collected data, researchers determined that those woman who ate at least one serving per week of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids decreased their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 29 percent.
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis often progress to the point where an individual is rendered disabled. For Oregon residents who develop the crippling disease, social security disability benefits can provide much-needed financial resources to help cover daily living and medical expenses.
Source: Medical News Today, “Eating oily fish could cut your risk of rheumatoid arthritis,” Aug. 13, 2013