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Simple Steps To Prevent Arthritis

05/24/11

  10:41:47 am, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Simple Steps To Prevent Arthritis

The Harvard Health Blog reminds readers that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month (in case your calendar wasn’t already marked). One important point stressed is arthritis is not an inevitable part of getting old. While about 20% of adults in America suffer from the disease, it’s not necessarily due to aging alone – genetics, weight, injury and overuse are among the contributing factors.

For the 80% that don’t have arthritis, there are definite things you can do to protect your joints. The Arthritis Foundation offers ten preventive measures at their website; we’ll highlight a few here.

  • Maintain your ideal body weight. The more you weigh, the more stress you are putting on your joints, especially your hips, knees, back and feet.
  • Move your body. Exercise protects joints by strengthening the muscles around them. Strong muscles keep your joints from rubbing against one another, wearing down cartilage.
  • Stand up straight. Good posture protects the joints in your neck, back, hips and knees.
  • Listen to your body. If you are in pain, don’t ignore it. Pain after activity or exercise can be an indication that you have overstressed your joints.
  • Ask for help. Don’t try to do a job that is too big for you to handle. Get another pair of hands to help out.

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