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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 42

The Mediterranean Diet and Arthritis

Francesca Oliviero, PhD francesca.oliviero@unipd.it; Paolo Sfriso paolo.sfriso@unipd.it; Paolo Spinella, MD paolo.spinella@unipd.it; Leonardo Punzi, MD, PhD punzireu@unipd.it    Department of Medicine—DIMED, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.

Abstract

Arthritis is an umbrella term for about a hundred rheumatic diseases and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis causes not only inflammation and damage to joints, with subsequent bone erosion, severe pain, and disability, but can also cause damage to other organs of the body, leading to increased mortality.

Although the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of joint diseases are for the most part unknown, a number of nutrient ...

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