Healthy Eating for Health and Wellbeing

By Arthritis Queensland's Health Promotion Team (September, 2020)


Recently published research has highlighted the importance of a healthy diet when it comes to our overall health.

The research followed people for 20 years, and looked at the link between how well people followed a Mediterranean-style diet, their body mass index (BMI), and the number of people who died during the 20 years.

The researchers found that those who stuck to the Mediterranean-style diet, even if overweight, had a lower risk of dying during the study period. People who were considered a normal weight (measured by their BMI), but who didn't stick to this diet, had a higher risk of death during the study.

Read more about the study in this ABC article https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-09-23/health-bmi-vs-diet-for-risk-of-death/12688270 


What is a Mediterranean Diet? 

A Mediterranean-style diet includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. It also includes fish and wholegrains, and moderate amounts of lean red meats and dairy. 

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most researched types of diets. It has shown to reduce our risk of a range of chronic health conditions (like dementia, heart disease, and some cancers), and may also help in managing some mental health conditions. 

No diet has been proven to cure arthritis. But, research suggests a Mediterranean style diet might help in the management of arthritis. This type of diet is high in anti-inflammatory foods which may help to reduce inflammation in the body. In the following links, learn more about how the Mediterranean diet (or a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods) might help arthritis:


Healthy eating for arthritis

It is important to remember that no diet has been proven by research to cure arthritis.

Overall, the best diet for arthritis is a healthy, balanced one to maintain your general health and prevent other medical problems.

A Mediterranean-style diet is just one way of eating a healthy balanced diet, but it might not be right for everyone. The Australian Dietary Guidelines gives us advice on the types and amounts of food we need to eat for health and wellbeing.

If you're looking for help with healthy eating or improving your diet, consider seeing a dietitian who can provide advice tailored to your individual needs. To find a dietitian, visit https://dietitiansaustralia.org.au/find-an-apd/ or ask your GP for a referral.


More information and support

Take a look at some of other articles about arthritis and healthy eating


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