I've been scrolling through posts dated 7 years ago about this subject. I'm a relative newcomer to HealthUnlocked, and it is interesting to read members' experiences and their comments even from so long ago.
I wonder how many women had their first symptoms of RA about the time of the menopause. Perhaps there has been research into this - and if so, it probably runs together with research into pregnancy and the first symptoms. My first symptoms appeared in 1960, 3 months after the birth of my daughter, a time of hormonal turmoil. The menopause is also a time of hormonal changes. Well, we are women, so not a lot to be done about it, perhaps. RA affects women more than men and, without wanting to sound too cynical, women's health in general has not, in the past, attracted much notice. Hysteria being one of the favourite reasons given for any sign of ill-health! But this is the 21st century and if anyone can enlighten me on present research on the connection, if any, between hormonal changes and RA, I would be grateful.
About diet and RA: I agree with those who state that there is no proof that a change of diet would affect the disease itself. What healthy eating habits (a better description than diet) do is maintain our general health; and that in itself has a positive affect on our ability to cope with the disease. Weight can be stabilised, blood pressure also and we won't accumulate unwanted fat around our vital organs. Add to that enough water to keep well hydrated and we must feel better. That doesn't mean goodbye to medication, but it should work hand in hand with it. No magic formula sadly.
Another scorching day - keep cool and calm, everyone.