What is the role of dietary modifications in the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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No specific diet helps in the treatment of JIA. However, because active JIA has been associated with decreased osteoblastic activity and a risk of osteopenia, encourage the inclusion of at least 3 servings of calcium-rich foods each day. Consider supplementation when poor calcium intake persists. Rarely, overall caloric intake is poor and supplementation is required. TMJ disease may also compromise the child’s diet.


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