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The most important link between diet and arthritis is the effect it has on your weight. Being overweight or obese can increase the stress on your joints, making symptoms worse. It’s important to follow a healthy, balanced diet so you can keep to a healthy weight. It’s possible that certain foods, such as oily fish, may be helpful for osteoarthritis. Read more in our management of osteoarthritis section.
If you’re overweight, this will put a strain on your joints, particularly your knees, hips, and lower back. If you’re overweight or obese, losing even just a little weight may significantly help to reduce pain and stiffness in your joints. The best way to lose weight is to make changes to your diet. Increasing your activity will also help. See our management of osteoarthritis section for more information.
The main symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in your joint. The pain tends to be worse when you’ve been active and better when you rest. You may also get stiffness in your joint, and not be able to move it as much. Sometimes you may also notice a crunching or grinding in your joint. See our symptoms of osteoarthritis section for more information.
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