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SP0022 Food as Therapy – Supporting Healthy Choices
  1. H. Thorseng
  1. The Danish Rheumatism Assosiation, Gentofte, Denmark


Healthy food and a healthy weight can make a difference and is important for people with rheumatic or musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

There are many messages about how diet can affect RMDs. The Danish Reumatism Association supports people with RMDs and their relatives by collecting and providing neutral information about how to obtain a healthy diet and a healthy weight in relation to RMDs. The information is free either through our website, our mailbox or our hotline advice service. On the free helpline people with RMDs and their relatives can talk to a professional adviser e.g. a nutritionist. Furthermore, members of the organization can frequently read about food in relation to RMDs in our magazine.

People with RMDs have several reasons to pay attention to what they eat. A healthy and balanced diet is essential to meet the body's need for nutrients and to prevent comorbidities, obesity, and adverse effects of medicine. Symptoms from RMDs like pain, fatigue and deformed joints can also affect the intake of food.

The presentation will outline some of the nutritional needs of people with RMDs, how The Danish Reumatism Association can support them, and also give examples of how RMDs can affect nutritional status and how food can be used as therapy.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.6196

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