The first thing that we have to mention here: there’s no surefire way to prevent arthritis. You can lower your risks, obviously. You can also delay the onset. If you have healthy joints now, it’s incredibly important for you to keep the mobility. There are many types of arthritis (over 100), there are many related conditions, there are many risk factors to consider. Let’s go over some of the things you can do to prevent arthritis and other diseases, as well.
- Eat fish. It’s all about omega-3 fatty acids, they help lessen inflammation in the body.
- Maintain healthy weight. Now, this is incredibly important. Despite what social media is saying right now, being overweight is very-very dangerous. In case of arthritis specifically, you need to think about it like this: your knees support your weight, and if you’re overweight, it can really take toll on them. According to the recent data, even if you’re ten pounds overweight, the force on your knee increases by up to sixty pounds.
- Maintain an exercise regimen. This one should be obvious – thanks to the exercise, you take stress of extra weight off your joints. Your muscles gain more strength, which helps stabilize and protect the joins. Suggested activities to prevent arthritis: hiking, walking, underwater exercise, swimming, stretching and yoga. The latter is especially recommended for people who don’t really have an active lifestyle.
- No injuries. Your joints start to feel wear and tear after a while. When you injure them, you just speed up the process. Simple as that.
- Invest in good shoes. We mentioned hiking and walking above, they do help with arthritis. Naturally, you need to buy good shoes for that.
- Do drink. Curiously enough, recent studies show that moderate alcohol intake actually helps to lessen the risk of arthritis. If you’re currently on medication, you should consult your doctor regarding the alcohol interaction.
- Drink water. Being dehydrated does some real damage to your body. Hydration, on the other hand, helps prevent arthritis. Your body and especially your joints – they do need lubrication to work smoothly.
- Talk to your doctor. If you’re starting to develop arthritis, you need to pay your doctor a visit. The longer you ignore the problem the worse it gets. Some damage can be irreversible, so do not hesitate under any circumstances.
- Do not forget your meds. There are many drugs that are used to treat arthritis, including Mobic, Celebrex and Aleve. Many of them are incredibly effective, so make sure you don’t forget to take them. It’s one of the most important parts of your recovery.