What Is a Good DISH Diet and Fitness Routine?

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Ask the experts

I have just been diagnosed with Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). I'm currently taking antiinflammatory medications. Are there any exercises and/or nutritional suggestions that will also help?

Doctor's response

You must consult your doctor for the proper advice for your particular situation. Because DISH can cause loss of range of motion of the spine, exercises that involve stretching the spinal range of motion can often be beneficial. Physical therapists are specifically trained to provide instructions in this area.

As for nutritional measures, it is known that oils of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can provide additional antiinflammatory effects that might reduce some of the symptoms of DISH. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be purchased in pharmacies and health-food stores as food supplements.

Thank you for your question.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


"Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)"

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Reviewed on 6/20/2017