Arthritis Self-Management Extra Archive

Welcome to Arthritis Self-Management Extra, your source of breaking news and authoritative information about the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. Every other week, we bring you the practical information you need to manage your arthritis and improve your overall health and well-being.

July 10, 2021

Breaking News

Nearly Everyone Eats Too Much Salt

Limiting the amount of sodium in your diet is one effective strategy for lowering your risk of high blood pressure and other health problems. But avoiding foods that are high in salt can be difficult. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90% of Americans take in more than the recommended daily amount of sodium.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Ensuring Quality Care for RA

If you have RA, you want to be sure that you are getting quality care. But how do you know what that is? The management of RA is complicated, and advances in the understanding and treatment of the condition in the past decade have made it more so. A few organizations have come up with quality measurements to assess the care people with RA are getting.... Read more »

Taking Action

The Hows and Whys of Patient Advocacy

At some point in our lives, we may face a grave illness or injury that can lead to severe disability or death. In the vast majority of situations like these, people get the medical care and other help they need. But too often, they do not, and the lives of the individuals involved — and their families and friends — are critically and negatively affected.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Barbecued Beef Sandwich

A simple marinade and a few minutes on the grill is all it takes to serve up this hearty, saucy sandwich. (We recommend grabbing a few extra napkins before you bite into it.)... Read more »

Featured Definition

ACR Score

A number indicating how much a person’s RA has improved, based on guidelines set forth by the American College of Rheumatology.... Read more »

June 19, 2021

Breaking News

FDA Approves New Osteoporosis Drug

There are many drugs available to treat osteoporosis, a common condition that causes the bones to grow thin and puts them at risk of breaking. A newly approved drug, called denosumab (Prolia), works in a different way from all other available treatments and has been shown to increase bone mass and prevent fractures in postmenopausal women.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Eating Right When You Have Osteoporosis

Today in the United States there are an estimated 10 million people with osteoporosis and another 34 million who are at risk for it. Treatment for osteoporosis usually focuses on medicines and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Often overlooked is nutrition, even though what you eat affects both your bones and the soft tissues that protect and cushion them.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

An Everyday Guide to Living With RA

What separates people with RA who thrive from those who don’t? People with RA feel better when they believe in their ability to manage their condition. Your rheumatologist and other health-care providers play a crucial role in providing sound advice and proper treatment. But they are only part of the team, and the team’s leader The choices you make every day can change the way you feel.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Tahini Hummus

The most obvious food choices for bone health are calcium-rich dairy products. But what if you don't eat dairy? Chickpeas and sesame seeds — the building blocks of hummus — are also rich in calcium.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Bone Remodeling

The process of bone formation and breakdown that occurs continuously in the body. If bone breaks down more quickly than new bone is formed, the process may lead to osteoporosis.... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

Feeling Good


Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

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