Background People with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) often find it difficult to follow a healthy diet. Reasons include pain, lack of mobility, lack of aids and adaptations, finances and fatigue.
Objective To demonstrate how people with RMDs can adopt strategies which promote healthy eating and help maintain an appropriate body weight.
Methods To explore the different elements which help people eat well when living with an RMD. Including:
– buying or growing food
– food preparation and tips on how to make things easier
– accessing high quality information to promote an understanding of which foods help create a balanced diet
– food safety in the home
– keeping active to help your wellbeing
– the role of patient organisations in supporting people with RMDs to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Results People with RMDs will feel more confident about making healthy choices and better able to adopt strategies for choosing suitable food, preparing meals more easily and maintaining a healthy weight.
Conclusion With the right information, motivation and support, it is possible to make healthy choices in order to maintain a healthy diet when living with an RMD.
Disclosure of Interest None declared