Today, magazine articles and web pages bombard us with claims about special diets, foods, or supplements that can cause or cure arthritis. It is appealing to think that there are simple answers to a complicated disease like spondylitis, but unfortunately, most claims for cure-all diets or nutritional supplements have not been scientifically tested to determine if they work and if they are safe. Some are outright frauds, while others have undergone scientific studies that are often incomplete and show that they may be harmful instead of beneficial.
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You should be extremely suspicious of any diet that claims to cure spondylitis. If such a diet existed, doctors knowledgeable about spondylitis would know about it and recommend the treatment to their patients. Some people with spondylitis swear by certain changes in their diet and feel that what they eat (or do not eat) impacts their symptoms. There is in fact evidence that certain foods tend to be inflammatory in nature, while others can help in managing inflammation.
Diets should always be discussed with a trusted doctor and, possibly, a dietitian to help ensure that trying the diet will not compromise health.
Look at diet claims carefully. Does the diet:
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