Ankylosing Spondylitis Diet | Foods to Avoid
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that targets the joints of the spine. It first affects the sacroiliac (SI) joint, where the spine attaches to the pelvis, and then starts to affect other areas of the spine. The hips and shoulders can be affected, and so can the eyes, skin, bowel and lungs. Symptoms of AS include back pain, stiffness and reduced mobility in the spine.
There is no conclusive evidence that certain foods or a specific diet can make your ankylosing spondylitis ‘better’ or ‘worse’. The best thing you can do to maintain general good health is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with a wide variety of foods.
It is also important that you ensure you have enough calcium and vitamin D each day. People with ankylosing spondylitis are more likely to develop the bone condition osteoporosis. Bones become fragile and more likely to break.