How to reduce your chance of developing arthritis

While there is no known cure for arthritis, there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing it.

How to reduce your chance of developing arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation in the joints. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), though there are more than 100 different types with different causes and treatments.

While arthritis can develop in young adults and even children, it is most common in people over the age of 65. Women are more prone to developing arthritis than men, and other factors such as being overweight and having a family history of the disorder can increase your likelihood of developing it.

Sadly, there is no known cure and no sure way to prevent arthritis. Most treatments aim to recognise and prevent arthritis at early stages of its development. However, you can reduce your risk factors and delay the onset of some forms of arthritis. If you currently have healthy joints, the most important thing you can do it to maintain their flexibility and mobility.

  • quitting smoking can lower your chance of developing RA
  • practice good posture. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, raise the screen to eye level to avoid slumping
  • maintaining a stable and healthy weight can reduce your risk of developing OA
  • avoid or take precautions when pushing or lifting heavy objects where possible
  • keep physically active. It’s important to prioritise activities that are easy on your joints, such as swimming, walking and yoga
  • do regular hand exercises to keep your ligaments and tendons flexible. This may include bending, flexing, and touching your fingers to your palms and thumbs
  • to avoid gout, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet that is low in sugar and alcohol
  • avoid sporting injuries, as some tears and damage may lead to OA in the future.

Do you have a family history of arthritis? Do you currently have arthritis or do you worry about developing it?

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    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.


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    12th Jan 2020
    diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis last year, i push the boundaries and pay for it, i see a rheumatologist every 5 months not enough sometimes but Im public. Getting help from government is an on going battle, NDIS told me initially it wasnt permanent or likely to be, govt physio says i'm not disabled i'm in pain . watch me peel vegies and end up peeling my fingers, watch me trying to get out of bed ( if i do i end up on the floor or in the wardrobe )
    15th Jan 2020
    There ought to be be a law against ruthless insurance companies of which even their employees do not stay with them for long and which includes their investigators and assessors as they become stressed to the max, especially those for Work Cover!
    Victims are known to commit suicide!
    12th Jan 2020
    Have had osteoarthritis since 28...reducing your chance of getting it? Don't move or do anything! Until a 'cure' is found, most oldies end up with a bit of it one way or the other. Heading of article misleading, I think. Pushing on!
    12th Jan 2020
    There are a lot of herbs (fresh not supplements) that can help, read "How can I use herbs in my daily life" by Isabell Shipard or look up Herb Cottage website. Eat mre plant foods and less acidic meat and dairy and wheat. Read a book's by Anthony William or check out his website for more information regarding how you can improve your health. You cannot wait for a cure, but you can do something for yourself. Do not drink alcohol, fermented drinks, vinegar, sugar (honey and maple syrup okay) or soft drinks or coffee.
    15th Jan 2020
    The foods you mentioned certainly contribute to internal inflammation which only makes arthritis and rheumatism worse as they already are inflamed but it also decreases stress and the need for excessive sugars and alcohol and mindless eating for comfort, resulting in weight gains and further health issues and accelerated ageing and earlier deaths.
    15th Jan 2020
    A healthy lifestyle is necessary by keeping your BRAIN & BODY ACTIVE!
    LOW in sugars, alcohol, red meats and
    HIGH in fibres, fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals
    as well as cooking from scratch
    and drinking plenty of spring water.
    15th Jan 2020
    I agree Mez if people just stick to a natural diet of wholefoods they are half way there. All that packaged food that has been pushed onto us since the 1950's is really taking a toll on people's health and immune systems. My mum grew up picking berries in the wild, imagine that if we had an abundance of food we could pick and not have to buy. Growing your own helps.

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