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Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Although there's no definitive research suggesting a specific diet that's good for ankylosing spondylitis, a healthy diet is good for everyone, including those with this health problem. It's also important to get enough of certain nutrients that help reduce your risk of thin, weak and porous bones, called osteoporosis, a common complication of ankylosing spondylitis. And a healthy diet can help you manage your weight, which may affect your symptoms.
If you have ankylosing spondylitis, be sure to:
Some medicines you use may limit how your body is able to use the nutrients you eat. Ask your health care provider if you need to take supplements to get enough of the vitamins and minerals you need.
The general guidelines for a healthy diet also apply. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, seek out whole grains and lean proteins, and limit fat and processed foods. When choosing what you eat, remember that a healthy diet will help you manage your weight and protect your bones.
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