When Lady Gaga announced she was suffering from the rheumatoid arthritis, she helped raise awareness of this vicious autoimmune disease that afflicts millions. Causing inflammation in the joints that leads to crippling pain and swelling, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) afflicts people of all ages. The goal of treatment tends to be reducing the inflammation; now it turns out that regularly eating fish can help tamp down the fires of RA, according to a study which was recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers led by Sara K. Tedeschi, MD, MPHB, of the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tedeschi analyzed data from 176 participants in the ESCAPE-RA study (Evaluation of Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease and Predictors of Events in Rheumatoid Arthritis). She says the object was “to assess whether more frequent consumption of non-fried fish—such as tuna, salmon, sardines, trout, sole, and halibut—is associated with lower RA disease activity.”