May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United States. It currently affects over 53 million Americans and is expected to grow to over 67 million people by the year 2030. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U. S. and it affects about one in four adults overall. The month of May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month.
There are three major forms of arthritis:
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. In OA the cartilage within a joint begins to breakdown and the underlying bone begins to change. It can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by wear and tear of the cartilage that cushions the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body. RA mainly attacks the joints, usually many joints at once. RA commonly affects joints in the hands, wrists, and knees.
Psoriatic arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis linked with psoriasis, a chronic skin and nail disease. Psoriasis causes red, scaly rashes and thick, pitted fingernails. Psoriatic arthritis is similar to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in symptoms and joint swelling (inflammation). But it tends to affect fewer joints than RA.
Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are lifestyle steps you can take to ease the pain and reduce further symptoms.
Spinach-Quinoa Bowls with Chicken and Berries
3 cups fresh baby spinach or mixed greens
1 cup cooked quinoa
2/3 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup fresh blueberries or sliced fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted, unsalted
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
14/ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Calories 396, Fat 20 g, Protein 23 g, Carbohydrate 31 g, Fiber 6 g
Recipe Source: Cooking Light
Tracey Shaffer is a registered dietitian and certified health coach and owner of KC Nutrition Coach in Eastern Jackson County. She can be reached at email@example.com. You can visit her website at kcnutritioncoach.com.