Tips for living with RMDs

Healthy lifestyle tips for people with RMDs:

Healthy living

Living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD) can be difficult at times. Take a look at our tips for guidance on how to improve your wellbeing.

Healthy eating

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is really important for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Some foods can react with medications. Your doctor or nurse will advise you, but you should also always read the “Product Information Leaflet” before taking any medication. If you have any specific dietary concerns, please talk to your doctor or a medically qualified dietician or nutritionist.

Physical activity and fitness

Being physically active is good for your general health and can have specific benefits for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The most appropriate form of activity will depend on a number of factors, including the type of RMD you have, which joints and muscles are affected and the level of joint and muscle damage. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor or physiotherapist about the type of exercise most appropriate for your condition.

Find your local support

There are organisations across Europe to support people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

Find your local contacts by clicking here.

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