Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis: The Scientifically Proven Program That Allows People with Arthritis to Take Charge of Their Disease


The New York Times bestselling author of Strong Women Eat Well and fellow Tufts University scientists present a simple plan that has been proven to reduce the pain and immobility caused by arthritis…


Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis shows the direct connection between a strength-training program you can do at home and the reduction—and even prevention—of arthritis symptoms. No other research study using an exercise program has ever showed the results that the Tufts ...

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The New York Times bestselling author of Strong Women Eat Well and fellow Tufts University scientists present a simple plan that has been proven to reduce the pain and immobility caused by arthritis…


Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis shows the direct connection between a strength-training program you can do at home and the reduction—and even prevention—of arthritis symptoms. No other research study using an exercise program has ever showed the results that the Tufts study achieved: a 43% reduction in pain, a 44% improvement in physical function, and a 71% improvement in strength. This book offers all the tools you need—and more:


·         An exercise program designed specifically to protect the joints and relieve stiffness and soreness

·         A scientifically based eating plan to reduce inflammation and pain

·         A hands-on guide to the latest medications

·         The real story on complementary therapies—which ones work? Which ones don’t?

·        ...

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Pain relief, like weight loss, is never short on new "breakthrough programs" promising results based on the latest scientific research, especially when it comes to arthritis. Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis covers much of the same ground that other books on the subject have in terms of diet, medications, and nutritional supplements, but what sets it apart is its focus on strength training as a means of relieving pain.

Bestselling author Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., along with her coauthors and colleagues at Tufts University, studied 46 arthritis sufferers over a period of four months. Half of the patients in the study completed a home-based strength-training program supervised by one of the researchers. The other half received only emotional support by the same researcher.

According to the Tufts team, patients who underwent the strength-training program experienced a 43 percent reduction in arthritis pain compared to only 12 percent in those that did not. They also reported a host of related benefits, including significant increases in mobility. The authors argue that strength training works primarily by building up the muscles supporting the affected joints, thereby taking pressure off these joints. The book provides a detailed summary of specific exercises that are recommended for specific types of arthritis pain, along with easy-to-follow illustrations demonstrating how each exercise should be performed. One example is a simple toe stand for ankle pain. Another is a back extension for lower-back pain. All can be done alone and in the privacy of your own home.

Additional points of interest include the chapters on joint replacement surgery and choosing the right medications, but it's the material on strength training that will make Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis a strong addition to the bookshelf of anyone suffering from this debilitating disease. (P. L. Jennings)

Library Journal
The Tufts University doctor responsible for Strong Women, Strong Bones now shows women and men with arthritis how to stop hurting and start bending. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399528569
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 379,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Lindner, M.A., pens the monthly "Eating Right" column.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface xv
Section I New Strategies for Dealing with Arthritis 1
Chapter 1 You Can Reduce the Pain 3
Chapter 2 Just What Is Arthritis? 13
Chapter 3 The Science Behind the Program 31
Section II The Beat Arthritis Program 51
Chapter 4 Strong Nutrition for Strong Joints 53
Chapter 5 The Beat Arthritis Exercise Program 83
Chapter 6 Triggering Change 171
Section III Supportive Therapies 189
Chapter 7 Choosing the Right Medication(s) 191
Chapter 8 The Ins and Outs of Joint Replacement Surgery 216
Chapter 9 Complementary Approaches 227
The Beat Arthritis Workbook 248
Glossary 269
Resources 273
References 281
Index 289
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Interviews & Essays

Exclusive Author Essay
Translating research results into recommendations for better living can be tricky business. After all, clinical research is generally carried out in a lab under "artificial" circumstances and with a lot of medical supervision, so you can't say with certainty that people trying to do the same things on their own would get the same beneficial results. But that's exactly why I'm so excited about Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis. The research that forms the basis of this book was conducted by people on their own -- in their living rooms, bedrooms, and family rooms -- with only sporadic visits from an exercise physiologist to make sure they were doing the prescribed exercises correctly. That was the whole point of our study -- to make sure people could follow the program on their own. So when we say that women and men with arthritis can reduce their pain by 43 percent and improve their strength by 71 percent, we're not risking overstatement. That's exactly what happened to people with arthritis who followed the exercise prescription laid out by my colleagues and me at Tufts University.

I knew when we published the results in an academic journal read by scientists that we also wanted to make them available to the public at large. The findings were too good to be left to collect dust on the shelf of a university library. Apparently, a lot of folks agree with me. As soon as I started to let on that we were working on a book about how to reduce arthritis pain and live a fuller life, people were telling me they couldn't wait to read it. It wasn't just people who already had arthritis, although there are many of them -- 43 million in the U.S. alone. It was also people who wanted to prevent arthritis because they had seen the pain and disability it caused for a parent or sibling.

That's one of the things I'm so proud of with Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis. It can truly help you prevent the disease along with making life better once you already have it.

And it's not just exercise that nets the results. Diet plays a critical role, too, with certain eating patterns contributing to the development of arthritis and certain ones warding it off, so we've included specific instructions for what foods to eat -- and which to avoid. There's clear advice, too, on which complementary therapies have merit and which are bogus. I felt that was particularly important, because sometimes people in arthritis pain waste time and money chasing after false promises when there are legitimate treatments worth trying.

But Strong Men and Women Beat Arthritis does more than tell you which exercises to do, what foods to eat, and what substances to take. If you follow the guidelines in this book, it will literally change the chemistry of your body to protect you from the ravages of a devastating and all too common disease. Less pain, more freedom of movement, even less depression -- I'm thrilled to be able to share the keys with you in this work. (Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Exercise and Diet

    Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis offered me a simple exercise program that was easy to follow. Each exercise included different levels to encourage progression. The diet plan was basic, but provided enough information to get me started. The medication section was a bit outdated, but that is understandable, given its 2002 publication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    Research rules!

    I don't go for the garbage most authors are trying to pass on to the public- mainly because there is no scientific support for half the treatments they want you to do. Well this is one book that is entirely research based- which means its proven to help you! If you suffer form arthritis, I highly recommend it- you won't be disappointed.

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