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International Healthcare News: RA pain 'can be managed with diet'

Expatriate healthcare insurance customers suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might want to look into their diet if they are struggling to sleep.

Alison Wyndham, director of the Wyndham Centre, has suggested that diet can play a role in pain management of RA, which in turn improves sleep quality.

"There are certain foods that create inflammation in the body, such as sugar and processed food, so I would recommend cutting such foods out of their diet," she explained.

"Eating lots of green vegetables to make the body more alkaline as inflammation is less likely to survive in an alkaline medium."

Earlier this month, research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that poor sleep quality correlated with higher levels of depressive symptoms, greater pain severity, increased fatigue and greater functional disability in patients with RA.

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