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“Calcium (a mineral) and vitamin D (a fat soluble vitamin) are two key nutrients that work to keep the body’s bones healthy and strong. People with rheumatoid arthritis need to take extra care to ensure their diet includes adequate amounts of both. Simply from having the disease they are at risk of developing osteoporosis (losing bone strength or density). This is because the molecules that cause RA inflammation weaken the bones, and this process, combined with decreased physical activity experienced by many people with RA, increases the likelihood of bone thinning and subsequent fracture.”

(Source: Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. Rheumatoid Arthritis Plan to Win. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2002. p 116.)

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