As we age, we begin to shift our attention to other facets of health care and protection. One of the most common conditions that typically affects the older demographic is arthritis. While arthritis is more of a general term, there are actually over one-hundred different conditions encompassed by it, each having to do with some form of inflammation within our body.
As the leading cause of disability in the United States, arthritis remains at the center of healthcare discussion. While some forms are caused by unknown circumstances, and others seem to have no pattern of affliction, many forms are preventable with the right measures.
How to Prevent Arthritis is geared towards the protection of joints and the lessening of degradation through certain means. There are three main elements of prevention:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Staying active
- Altering work and recreation habits to minimize stress on the joints
The first two elements generally go hand in hand. Staying active plays a large role in maintaining a healthy weight, which in turn reduces the stress put on your joints. In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise has been shown to not only positively influence weight management, but also improve joint function and prevent arthritis.
When participating in recreational activity or exercise, it is important to warm up beforehand with a walk or slow jog. Utilize protective equipment and tools whenever possible, as some forms of arthritis can be brought on by a sports-related injury. Specially designed tools and work aids can help at home, or in the office, to reduce stress and pressure on the joints.
With a little preparation and a dash of caution, you can sufficiently protect the integrity of your joints to ensure a life of unhindered mobility.
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