Alcohol consumption is associated with mild symptoms of arthritis

study was done at the University of Pennsylvania, in the United States, and found that moderate alcohol consumption improves the quality of life of people with arthritis .

The continued but moderate use of alcoholic beverages has not been associated with risks that could aggravate the disease or lead to death. The survey was attended by about 16 thousand people.

Experts agree that further studies on this subject need to be done and that it is still too early to recommend the consumption of alcoholic beverages as a therapeutic resource.

Understand arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation in the joints. Its first signs appear around the age of 30 or 40, which can be aggravated by age.

Women and people with obesity are the most affected.

There are three types of arthritis, they are:

  • Monoarthritis: when 1 joint is affected;
  • Oligoarthritis: between 2 and 5 affected joints;
  • Polyarthritis: when more than 5 joints are compromised.

This disease is triggered by some risk factors such as genetics, infections of viruses or bacteria, and trauma or injuries suffered.

According to the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology, arthritis affects twice as many women as men.

The main symptoms are pain, redness, swelling and stiffness. In some cases, the person may experience fever , loss of appetite and lumps on the skin. If in doubt, seek medical attention.

Stretching, drinking plenty of water, eating a varied diet rich in nutrients and reducing stress are ways to reduce the chances of developing the disease.

The consumption of alcoholic beverages should be done in moderation. Although research is advancing to prove the beneficial limits of alcohol, it is still too early to state that alcohol prevents disease.