Portland, OR, February 02, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Few realize that February 2nd brings the second annual Rheumatoid Awareness Day.
With 1.6 to 2 million Americans currently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the day seeks to bring awareness to this commonly misunderstood disease.
Although it is often thought by many as 'just another type of arthritis', rheumatoid arthritis (or RA), is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic, systemic inflammation of tissues and organs, especially flexible joints. It can be an extremely painful and disabling condition, leading to substantial loss of function and mobility if not properly treated.
Warning signs for rheumatoid arthritis may include stiff and swollen joints, warmth or redness around affected joints, low grade fever, fatigue, and even loss of appetite.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but treatments can improve symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. The goals of treatment are to minimize symptoms such as pain and swelling, to prevent bone deformity, and to maintain day-to-day functioning.
"Some studies indicate that dietary supplements, such as those containing glucosamine chondroitin MSM and turmeric, may help people with RA manage their symptoms and may serve as beneficial additions to conventional RA treatments," says Michelle O'Sullivan, spokesperson at VitaBreeze supplement company.
Rheumatoid arthritis is known to reduce the lifespan of patients by anywhere from three to twelve years. In most sufferers, the disease is progressive for life, but early diagnosis and treatment can dramatically decrease the effects of the disease.
"Rheumatoid Awareness Day is a great way to facilitate early diagnosis by encouraging people to better educate themselves about the warning signs of this debilitating disease," O'Sullivan says.
In support of Rheumatoid Awareness Day, joint pain supplement company, VitaBreeze, pledged that a percentage of all sales made through their Amazon store http://www.amazon.com/Glucosamine-Sulfate-Chondroitin-Supplement-Turmeric/dp/B00DUMO9X4/ie=UTF8?m=A3OG9DHZ3GI58O keywords=glucosamine+chondroitin+msm&tag=prpre-20 from today until the 7th February will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.