Psoriatic arthritis lifestyle and diet

Your lifestyle can influence how you manage your psoriatic arthritis. Maintaining your weight, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol can have an effect on your symptoms.1,2

Psoriatic arthritis lifestyle tips1

Here are some other lifestyle tips that can help you manage psoriatic arthritis:3

  • Keep up with your treatment. Talk with your doctor about any symptoms or problems you’ve noticed.
  • Maintain your relationships with friends
  • Continue to find and do activities you enjoy
  • Join a support group

Additionally, getting regular exercise may not only help your overall health, but it can also help keep your joints flexible and your muscles strong.5

Talk to your doctor about a regular exercise plan and staying active.

Psoriatic arthritis and a healthy diet

There is no scientific evidence that diet has an effect of psoriatic arthritis,  however, a good balanced diet is important for maintaining general health and energy levels.6

Maintaining a healthy weight puts less strain on your joints, which can help to reduce pain and increase energy and mobility.5,7

Health experts agree on the following advice to help with weight control:8

  • eat moderate amounts of either lean meat, poultry or fish
  • eat foods high in starch and fibre e.g. nuts and wholegrain, fruits and vegetables
  • eat or drink moderate amounts of lower-fat milk and dairy foods
  • eat fatty foods occasionally and look for lower-fat choices
  • limit the amount of salt used in cooking or at the table
References
  1. Psoriatic Arthritis and Your Diet. www.webmd.com/arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis-and-your-diet#1 [Last accessed November 2017]
  2. National Psoriasis Foundation. How cigarettes and alcohol affect Psoriasis. www.psoriasis.org/advance/how-cigarettes-and-alcohol-affect-psoriasis [Last accessed November 2017]
  3. WebMD. Nine tips to help manage Psoriatic Arthritis. www.webmd.com/arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis/features/tips-manage-psoriatic-arthritis#1 [Last accessed November 2017]
  4. Arthritis New Zealand. Psoriatic Arthritis. www.arthritis.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Psoratic-DLE-Brochure-LR.pdf [Last accessed November 2017]
  5. Mayo Clinic. Diagnosis and Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriatic-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354081 [Last accessed November 2017]
  6. Arthritis New Zealand. Psoriatic Arthritis. www.arthritis.org.nz/pdfs/brochures/Psori.pdf [Last accessed November 2017].
  7. Arthritis Foundation. How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis. http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/psoriatic-arthritis/articles/obesity-psoriatic-arthritis.php [Last accessed November 2017]
  8. PAPAA. You and Your Diet. http://www.papaa.org/further-information/you-and-your-diet [Last accessed November 2017]
  9. American College of Rheumatology. Psoriatic arthritis. Available at: www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Patients/Diseases_And_Conditions/Psoriatic_Arthritis/ [Last accessed: November 2017].
  10. Gladman DD. ;Ann Rheum Dis. 2005;64:ii14–ii17.