Top 10 Ways To Prevent Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Staying Fit and Healthy in the Twilight Years
Growing old is inevitable, and with that we become more susceptible to different diseases and illnesses. Our bodies just aren’t designed to last forever, and yes lifestyle factors often play a huge role in our overall health and longevity, but factors like genetics and hereditary conditions are often unavoidable.
Looking after our bodies as best we can, may help prevent some of these issues like arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is important here to mention though, no matter what you do, you can still be at risk of getting any of these ailments when genetic factors are involved. That said, there are some things you can do that can help reduce your risk for these things. So instead of waiting till tomorrow to make these changes, lets get going today.
- Eat fish or take an Omega 3s supplement. Both of these have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent or minimise inflammation based illnesses. Having fish multiple times a week in a meal can give your body the boost it needs to prevent any form of arthritis.
- Keep yourself at a healthy weight. It makes sense when you consider that the more weight you carry on your body, the more wear and tear your joints will take, which can increase your chances of developing forms of arthritis in them.
- Following along with the healthy weight side of things, eating healthy will go a long way to ensure you are not carrying around more weight on your joints than is healthy for your height and frame size.
- Exercising regularly will not only prevent having excessive weight on your joints, it is also great for your heart health and to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints. Stronger muscles will better support any weight you do carry.
- Minimise your chances of injury when you are younger. Injuries to joints and cartilage in your younger years can put you at higher risk for forms of arthritis as you age. Utilising the right equipment during sports and taking care of yourself can go a long way to making you less susceptible in your twilight years.
- Protecting your joints by doing things properly will further avoid injury. Lifting with your knees and not your back while keeping heavier items close to your core can make a big difference as you age.
- See your health care professional on a regular basis. Yearly checkups can help identify early signs of arthritis, and the earlier it is detected and treated, the better its long-term prognosis will be.
- If you smoke, quit now. Though the exact correlation is not yet known, smoking puts you at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis. The sooner you quit, the more reduced your chances of getting it become.
- Keep your hydration levels in check. Arthritis is typically associated with the cartilage in the joints. These are made of mostly water. By keeping yourself properly hydrated in your younger years and beyond, you help keep your cartilage properly hydrated and doing its job in protecting your joints.
- Another factor that is not well understood yet is taking Vitamin D supplements. Women who are found deficient in vitamin D are at a much higher risk of developing many forms of arthritis. A key thing to remember with any of supplements though is that it should be supervised by your primary physician. Too much of anything can also cause damage to your system.
Bonus Tip - Vitamin C is another important vitamin to either eat plenty of or take as a supplement to prevent or minimize osteoarthritis. Vitamin C has been shown to increase bone density which can help prevent the onset of osteoarthritis.
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As previously mentioned, you cannot guarantee that you will not get one of the forms of arthritis as you age. What you can do though is minimise your chances of developing arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis so that you can happily enjoy your twilight years.
Article by Louise Procter from www.cbcs.com.au
Living by the beach, on the sunny South Coast of NSW she enjoys sipping a good strong coffee whilst creating articles that provide information and inspiration to readers to help them in their everyday lives.