Expat health insurance customers with joint problems may wish to monitor their diet, after an expert said certain foodstuffs exacerbate osteoarthritis.
Physiotherapist, complementary practitioner and founder of the Wyndham Centres Alison Wyndham claimed these include wheat, dairy, citrus fruit and tomatoes.
However, not all people will be affected the same way as "everyone is an individual" and some are more sensitive to these products than others, she added.
Inflammatory dishes are often sugary or acidic, whereas green vegetables can often help to counteract this, the expert continued.
Ms Wyndham stated that carbohydrates and proteins "form an acid ash" when they are digested.
"Food can play a big part in osteoarthritis," she noted.
Members of the public with joint problems could soon benefit from a new treatment, as research at the University of Rochester Medical Centre found human parathyroid hormone – which is marketed as Forteo – builds cartilage as well as boosts bone mass.
It could therefore be repurposed to treat those with arthritis, the study indicated.