Are you finding it harder to do normal daily activities like climbing the stairs, getting up from a chair, or even walking? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a silent killer. Older people have a higher chance of experiencing osteoarthritis. But young, healthy, and active adults can experience chronic pain in the joints as well.
Living with osteoarthritis is also going to make it harder for you to enjoy the things in life when doing even the simplest things is going to hurt. In some cases, it can even affect your diet, mental health, finances, relationships, or even your dreams and goals.
OA occurs when the cartilage around your joints starts to break down and causes pain and swelling. You might find your mobility limited. Heredity, gender, and age are some factors that increase your risk of getting OA.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for OA. But you can manage your symptoms and reduce your risk factors. This includes making lifestyle changes to keep your bones and joints healthy.
Excess weight causes more stress for your bones and your joints. They’re more likely to wear down faster and speed up the deterioration of joint cartilage. If you’re overweight, you’re at high risk of developing OA.
Even losing 5% of your body weight may decrease stress on the knees, hips, and lower back. According to a study, overweight women who lost around 5kg decreased their risk of osteoarthritis by more than 50%.1 If you are at a healthy weight, you need to maintain that weight to prevent osteoarthritis.
Research shows that blood sugar is related to osteoarthritis.2 People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of osteoarthritis. This could be linked to obesity, but also high glucose levels could impact your cartilage health and also trigger inflammation that can accelerate cartilage loss. Managing your glucose levels can reduce your risk of OA.
Exercising to strengthen your muscles can take the burden off your joints. Spending time daily to do low-impact exercises or isometric moves can greatly improve your joint health, slow down, or even prevent, OA. Other than increasing your muscle and bone strength, daily exercises can also relieve stiffness in your body and also reduce pain and fatigue. Some examples of safe exercises that don't stress out your joints include bicycling and swimming.
Experiencing a joint injury increases the chance of getting OA in that joint when you are older. When exercising, it’s crucial to pay attention to your form to avoid injuring your body. Here are some tips to follow:
While exercising can help you develop healthy joints and muscles, it can also increase the risk of developing OA if you overuse your joints. It is important to give your muscle a chance to repair and heal. If you continue to work through the pain, you might get your form wrong and injure your joint. Injuring a joint can increase the risk of developing OA. Give yourself a break if your joints are swollen or achy.
People living with osteoarthritis are experiencing inflammation in their bodies. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve the symptoms and some foods can contribute to inflammation. If you want to prevent OA, avoid food with excess sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to inflammation.
On the other hand, some foods can reduce the risk of OA. Curcumin, with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, is effective in suppressing joint inflammation and pain. Studies show that curcumin is more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs and can help with arthritis.3
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Not only is NeeFlex the answer to your inflamed joints and pain, but also your solution to rebuilding cartilage and moving around painlessly. Protect your quality of life and you can start by learning more about NeeFlex.