Is Diet Related to Psoriatic Arthritis?
I'm willing to try anything to improve my psoriatic arthritis symptoms, which are severe. I exercise, receive acupuncture weekly, and take over-the-counter (OTC) medications. I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps my diet might be playing a role in my symptoms. Will changing my diet help with my symptoms? If so, what kinds of dietary changes should I consider?
At this time, it is unclear what role (if any) dietary changes may play in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. It makes sense that the condition might be worsened by foods that increase inflammation, such as the "bad" fats, and would improve with foods that decrease inflammation, such as the "good" fats, although there isn't a lot of evidence yet to support this idea. However, since reducing "bad" fats and increasing "good" fats is a good idea for just about anyone, it is certainly worth a try.
Also, be on the lookout for any "trigger" foods that seem to cause your psoriatic arthritis symptoms to flare (foods are not usually associated with flares, but it's still not a bad idea to be aware of the possibility). If you think foods might be triggering symptoms, try keeping a food diary to help track your symptoms, and your progress, if you decide to try eliminating any suspect foods.
Although dietary changes are probably unlikely to cause a dramatic difference in symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, such changes are usually inexpensive and generally free of serious side effects, and are, therefore, worth trying in many individuals.