- Drink alcohol. A British Medical Journal study published in June 2012 reports that women who drink more than three alcoholic drinks a week during a 10-year period reduced their rheumatoid arthritis risk by about half. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, caution against drinking more than one a day.
- Avoid soda. Men who drink more than five sugary soft drinks a week have seen an increase in weight gain and knee osteoarthritis, according to a November 2012 study by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.
- Skip Meat. Reduce the frequency of gout attacks by avoiding foods high in purine, including red meat, oily fish, advises the Annals of the Rheumatoid Diseases.
- Chew on cherries. Eating cherries, according to the December 2013 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, significantly reduces the risk of gout flare-ups.
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