For overweight individuals with arthritis losing excess pounds is one of the best things you can do to relieve pressure on your joints. When changing your diet be careful about the type of program you choose. The low carbohydrate craze started by the Atkins diet has been shown effective for short term weight loss. A study conducted by the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center showed however that the Atkins diet may increase acid levels in the body and may increase the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. While in the short term a low carb. diet is generally safe long term use may potentially lead to varying health concerns. Always consult your doctor about a diet that is right for you.
(Source: Arthritis Foundation)