Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help make living with active ankylosing spondylitis easier. Click on the tabs below for tips on healthy eating and connecting with others who are living with ankylosing spondylitis.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can benefit anyone, but it’s especially important for people living with active ankylosing spondylitis. Poor eating habits can increase stress on weight-bearing joints and decrease your energy and mobility.

Roll over the image below to learn about the foods that are essential for a balanced diet:

Fruits and vegetables

Fresh and frozen fruits and veggies are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You might want to avoid canned vegetables, which may be high in sodium, and fruits that contain added sugar.

Whole-grain foods

Grains are a good source of complex carbohydrates and key vitamins and minerals. Choose whole grain foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain cereal over refined products, which are stripped of many nutrients, including fiber.

Protein and dairy products

One-third of a balanced diet should consist of fat-free or low-fat dairy products and lean sources of protein. Low-fat protein options include skinless poultry, lean meats, fish, nuts, and beans.

Fruits and vegetables Whole-grain foods Protein and dairy products

Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Ask for a referral to a registered dietician for advice about healthful eating and the right plan for you.

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