Clients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) unresponsive to Disease-Modifying Medications (DMARDs) and other commonly prescribed drugs may benefit from biologic response modifiers or biologics. Biologic agents are drug therapies for clients with moderate to severe Arthritis. Unlike traditional RA medications, biologics target specific areas in the immune system decreasing inflammatory response and joint pain. Biologics can be administered alone or in combination with other pharmaceuticals. WebMD comments on biologic therapy stating, “Biologics are genetically-engineered proteins derived from human genes. They are designed to inhibit specific components of the immune system that play pivotal roles in fueling inflammation, which is a central feature of rheumatoid arthritis.” Biologics have been a breakthrough in managing RA for clients who have seen little if any improvement with traditional drug therapies.
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Nutritional properties available in certain foods have positive influence in bone health. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) comments on diet and bone health stating, “A healthy diet can help you prevent and manage osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal disorders by assisting in the production and maintenance of bone.” The IOF goes on to share how not receiving adequate nutrients increases the risk of bone, muscle, and joint disease. By implementing nutritious food choices you can promote bone health. Let’s explore further!
In May we acknowledge Women’s Health Awareness, drawing our attention to prominent health issues among women, such as Osteoporosis. Certain factors place people at greater risk for developing Osteoporosis. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle choices that promote bone health have proven beneficial.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to possible bone deformities and fractures. The Mayo Clinic comments on Osteoporosis stating, “Bone is living tissue, which is constantly being absorbed and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.”