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Food and nutrition

A good, varied diet is important for your general health.

If you have a poor diet you may not have the necessary nutrients for the body to control inflammation and produce strong muscles and bones to protect the joints. Being overweight adds extra stress to the joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis in the future. It also adds to the risk of future heart disease. There is support available if you need advice about this.

Whilst there are no foods proven to be good or bad for inflammation, we do recommend that you eat one or two portions of oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines etc.) each week. If you do not like fish you can take omega 3 supplements.

NHS Live Well has more information about healthy eating.

See Beat for support if you think you or someone you know has an eating disorder.