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What kind food is best for people who is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diatetes, hypertension after surgery?

My father has beening suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for about 20 years, and on Mar 12nd had a big head surgery (right side)for falling-down when he was trying to go to the bathroom because of hypertension, then found he was diabetic as well. now 27 days has passed after the sugery, his left hand is numb,but left leg can move a little bit sometimes. dying wish that he can stand up and can walk by himself....

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Really sorry for your dad I cannot give any suggestions because I do not have similar experiences.But I do hope and wish that he gets well soon.


Thank you so muchhhhh. I really hope so.


brown bread, food with a lot of fiber ,white meat, a lot of grains like beans, and a lot of vegetable


Thanks a lot, and what kind fruit is better for him??




The metabolism of fructose causes urea, which exacerbates arthritis. Fructose makes blood platelets sticky (seven times more than glucose) and contributes to insulin resistance.

High-glycaemic foods raise insulin levels contributing to fat deposition, high blood pressure, and growth of endothelial linings of arteries.


I'm surprised the hospital has been unable to give information leaflets. Basically a normal healthy balance diet - but many ask what the h*ll is that? Fresh fruit and veg, freshly prepared, low salt (hypertension), low fat and low sugar (diabetes). Basically no convenience foods and eat out less. Convenience foods generally have loads of fat sugar and salt added just to make it palatable, which doesn't really say much for the recipe. Loads of fibre, this helps the bowels move and takes fat away but doesn't work alone, fat intake must reduce. As you're clearly internet savvy, NHS choices has plenty of useful information as does Diabetes UK. It might be worth talking to a GP to get a referral to dietician. Cut out pastry, so pies as well. Sweets cake and biscuits but you don't have to give up everything. You should be getting a diabetes team at your surgery which will help. Also try the Change4 life website which is a bit more general BUT to be perfectly honest the diets for many conditions is the same. FRESH fruit and veg, boiled or stewed meat, not fried and avoid a list of some potentially harmful foods.

I'm not sure if you're saying the surgery caused diabetes or diabetes was only discovered as a result of post operative blood tests. Hypertension has few symptoms till it's too late and diabetes is slow to show itself. I had no symptoms either, it only came up in blood tests.


Thank you, Fenbadger. The hospital just give a list that my father had better not have these food, oily, sweet, salty ... after sugery, he need a lot energy for better recovery, but the food is so limited. only can have some fresh vegetables, tofu, fish, a little banana, strawberry. eggs, corn. tomato...

He used to drink milk everyday because CA is good for his bone,you know, rheumatoid arthritis thing. now for hypertension, no milk, I am worried if have the blood pressure control, will cause any trouble for arthritis, it is really hard to have a good balance about that...

Again, thank you very much and may you healthy and happy everyday.


Not necessarily, and doctor should know what they're doing so don't worry. I have both and there's no problem.

Oily fish is good for omega 3,6,9, fatty acids, ideal. Perhaps a calcium and VitaminD supplement can be given, but speak to doctor as supplements can sometimes interfere with meds.


I don't know if we're allowed to put links here, but I have a blogging buddy who wrote a very detailed article on what you should eat when you have diabetes. The meal plan ( I don't like calling it a diet) is a very good guide, I think


The writer also has diebetes and has been managing the condition for a while.

fenbadget is right. His medical centre should be giving you literature on managing your father in law's chronic conditions. ask them.. it could be someone didn't think to offer.

My mother also has diabetes and high blood pressure. We basically opted for eating lots of fresh produce, less pacakged foods, low to no salt and flavouring dishes we cook with fresh herbs instead of salty spices and sauces. We also tend to make our own version of baked goods, like pies, cookies, cakes.. even pizza. That way, we could reduce salt, sugar and fat content in these things and not have to give them up completely. And don't be intimidated by this using fresh food/baking thing. I'm not a great cook but I found that if I can follow directions, much like a map to someone else's house, I can make most things.


I've seen worse, though you do have to watch the advice because it seems to be advocating more whole-grain than the plate indicates, and all carbohydrate is sugar to your body.

Amaranth is an example of an high-glycaemic food, and needs to be eaten in small amounts with the low-glycaemic foods, or not at all, to avoid blood glucose spikes.


Thank you, Damaria. How is your mom now? with you guess she is doing great.

Thanks for sharing as well,it is would be a long long way, food is important, besides that, is there anything else need to be paied extra attention to ?

It has been about 1 month after the surgery of his right head, till now, still can not move his left hand, and can move a little bit for left leg. we all hope that he can stand up soon, my friend told me he will and just give him some time, dont think the worst till it happens.But still need to prepare for it if really he can not stand up again...

Best wishes for you and your monther.


Mma is doing well thank you. I check her blood pressure and sugar daily ( bought the small gadgets to do that at the local pharmacy and they were not expensive at all), so we're better able to track her state and react accordingly.

As what to pay extra attention to: how is his surgery incision? Diabetics are very prone to infections and wounds refusing to heal. So give it extra care than you would a normal healthy person's wound. Make sure his feet are very well cared for. They should have given you a leaflet on foot care at that hospital because diabetics's feet are apparently vulnerable too and scratches can result in some scary, endless/refuse to heal wounds. Just Google feet wounds on diabetics and see the images.

If he ends up being able to move, slowly introduce gentle exercise. It really helps.


The secret to the Mediterranean diet may be in the salad.

Eating unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil, along with leafy greens and other vegetables creates a certain kind of fatty acid that lowers blood pressure, scientists said Monday.

These nitro fatty acids are formed when consuming spinach, celery and carrots that are filled with nitrates and nitrites, along with avocado, nuts and olive oils that contain healthy fats.

Nitro fatty acids appear to inhibit an enzyme known as soluble epoxide hydrolase, which regulates blood pressure, said the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

The study was based on experiments in lab mice, and was funded by the British Heart Foundation.

"The findings of our study help to explain why previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart failure and heart attacks," said Philip Eaton, professor of cardiovascular biochemistry at King's College London.

While most experts agree that the Mediterranean diet -- which consists of lots of vegetables, fish, grains, red wine and fatty nuts and oils -- brings health benefits, there has been little scientific consensus about how or why.

Some have touted red wine as a driving force behind the ability of Europeans to eat high fat cheeses and meats while maintaining better overall health than Americans.

But research published last week found that a key antioxidant in red wine, resveratrol, did not help people in Italy live longer or avoid cancer or heart disease.


If they don't know how or why, that's a bit like faith isn't it? Especially when they compare it to low carb diets, find it less effective, then say it's healthier.


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