Juvenile Arthritis, is a term used to describe arthritis in children under the age of 16 years. The cause is not exactly known but thought to be caused by combination of genetic and environmental factors, and a poorly functioning immune system.
There is no specific diet for Juvenile Arthritis but a balanced diet is highly recommended. A diet rich in:
- Vitamin D-fatty fish( Tuna, Mackerel, salmon)
- Proteins-(fish, dry beans, poultry, soya etc.)
- Healthy oils-olive oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil
- Fiber with limited sugars-Fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, whole breads/grains
Note: Fried foods, processed foods and foods high in sugars should be avoided, they tend to increase inflammation.
Children with Juvenile arthritis tend to be poor feeders and may not eat much at ago. The food portion can be reduced but the nutrition value added.
Others especially those who are on steroid treatment tend to be overweight, steroid treatment causes poor absorption of calcium into the body.
By taking foods rich in Vitamin D will greatly increase the absorption of calcium which is good for the bones and bone density.
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