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7 Ways to Prevent Arthritis

Here's what recent research suggests you should do

Enjoy a Cocktail

En español l Women who consumed more than three alcoholic drinks a week over a 10-year period reduced their risk of rheumatoid arthritis by about half, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. It doesn't matter what you drink: Beer, wine and liquor yielded the same results.


Put a Cherry (or 10) on Top

Eating cherries, which contain powerful antioxidants with pain-fighting properties called anthocyanins, can lower gout attack risk. Study participants who ate 10 to 12 cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent lower risk of flare-ups, the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism reports.

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Skip Sodas

Sugary soft drinks contribute to weight gain and the progression of knee osteoarthritis, especially in men who drink more than five sodas a week, according to a study at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.


Pass on Prime Rib

Eating foods high in purines — a compound found in protein-rich foods such as red meat, oily fish and even certain vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, beans) — can make gout flare-ups almost five times more likely than if you eat low-purine foods, finds an Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases study.


Get Moving

Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can help prevent some types of arthritis and lessen arthritis pain. Exercise strengthens muscles and joints, maintains flexibility and decreases fall risk.


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Go Alternative

Acupuncture, tai chi and yoga have been shown to be effective treatments for pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to a study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning complementary or alternative medicine treatment.


Get Curry

Curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its trademark bright yellow coloring, has anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease arthritis pain, a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found.

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