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Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

Can Arthritis Be Prevented?


In many cases, arthritis can be prevented or minimized.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50 million adults have been diagnosed with arthritis.  While arthritis is largely a hereditary disease, some people are not genetically predisposed to the condition, which signals the ability to prevent arthritis.  Even those who have a family history can still take steps to minimize the disease’s impact on their daily activities.

Exercise Gets Results

Perhaps one of the most important preventative measures people can take is to exercise regularly.  What form the exercise takes isn’t necessarily the foremost consideration.  Playing basketball with friends, hiking or joining an aerobics class are just a few possible examples.  However, it’s a good idea to try out a variety of low impact exercises to minimize joint damage.  Swimming, yoga and walking all have the potential to give tremendous health benefits while also preserving the joints from harm.

Eat Well, Live Well

Good nutrition is another vital factor in the fight to minimize or prevent arthritis.  A diet of lean protein, whole grain carbohydrates and plenty of fruits and vegetables not only helps keep off the excess weight that can bring on or exacerbate arthritis, but it can also provide the nutrients required for a healthy musculoskeletal system.  Focus on getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamins C and E to wage an effective war against arthritis.

Stay Hydrated

Healthy joint cartilage is adequately lubricated.  Drinking plenty of water is the best way to ensure that the joints are receiving the water they require.  Limit the intake of soft drinks, which will only undermine a healthy diet anyway, and substitute water as a healthy joint supplement.

Be Safe

Sometimes arthritis is brought about as the result of an injury to the joint.  This form of the disease is preventable by following safety regulations and avoiding injury.  Work and exercise should never put undue stress on the body.  Above all, people should listen to their body when experiencing discomfort or pain, ceasing activity and seeking medical advice when necessary.

Small Steps

Countless other small adjustments can also help prevent the onset of arthritis.  Doing without high- heeled shoes, using an ergonomic workstation and making stretching a part of daily activities can all prove to be beneficial.  While not all cases of arthritis are preventable, anyone can take steps to ensure that this disease does not take over their lives.



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