As with any other diet that limits the calorie consumption to encourage weight loss, pregnant women are advised to consult a doctor before taking on the osteoarthritis, or OA diet. According to the Diet Health website, women who are nursing or under the age of 18 and individuals who are at least 30 pounds overweight, have kidney disorders, Type 2 diabetes or liver problems are advised to consult first with a healthcare professional before taking on the OA eating plan.
The dietary recommendation by most physicians for individuals with osteoarthritis is aimed at weight reduction to lessen the pressure on the joints, particularly on the lower limbs. Doing so will decrease the level of pain in the damaged joints of osteoarthritis patients. For the OA diet, most doctors will recommend a well-planned and safe calorie reduction diet.
It is important to note that while they have similar symptoms, osteoarthritis is different from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although a weight-reduction diet is also recommended for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, other dietary changes is also advised for RA patients. Apart from a calorie-restricted diet, individuals with RA are also advised to cut down on meat consumption and use oils high in omega 3 fatty acids for cooking.
In conjunction with the OA weight-reduction diet, the Diet Health website also recommends taking dietary supplements. These supplements that may help ease the symptoms of OA include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and multivitamins. Consult with a physician for the recommended dosages for these supplements.