My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Rheumatoid Arthritis | Serving and Portion Size | Meatless Meals

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May 20, 2020

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis, which happens when your body's immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in your joints, most commonly in the wrist and fingers. Learn more about who is a risk and how to manage RA to improve your quality of life.

Serving and Portion Size

Are you eating healthy and exercising but still not losing weight? Check your portion sizes. A recommended serving size is the amount of each food that you are supposed to eat during a meal or snack. A portion is the amount of food that you actually eat. If you eat more or less than the recommended serving size, you may get either too much or too little of the nutrients you need.

Information on food labels is based on the serving size and many packages contain more than 1 serving. Learn more about portion size and how to read food labels.

 

Risks of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a sudden increase in blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy, however, it usually happens in the last trimester. The signs may include protein in the urine and very high blood pressure. Preeclampsia can be serious or even life-threatening for both mother and baby.

 

Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your thyroid and causes it to make too much hormone. This is the most common cause of hyperthryoidism (overactive thyroid gland). Hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease is treatable with medicine. Find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

The Buzz on Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is the flower pollen that collects on the legs and bodies of worker bees. It can also include some nectar and bee saliva. Pollens come from many plants, so the contents of bee pollen can vary significantly. Some people take bee pollen as a nutrional supplement. It is also sometimes taken as an appetite stimulant, to improve stamina and athletic performance, and for premature aging, but how effective is it really?

 

Meatless Meals

Looking for something different for dinner? Try going meatless. MedlinePlus has some great meatless recipe options.