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​​​hands.jpgArthritis Prevention 

Arthritis is a medical condition that causes inflammation of one or more joints, leading to pain and stiffness. You can’t always prevent arthritis, due to the fact that it can be genetic in nature and can be a condition of old age. This does not mean that just because we age, we automatically will have arthritis, but the chances of developing arthritis increases.

If you are afflicted with arthritis, it is a medically manageable condition and with physical therapy and sometimes surgery (in more severe cases) can be used as treatment to help reduce the pain and help you live a more comfortable life. Our home CAREGivers are trained to help manage your loved ones symptoms our arthritis and diabetes services ​can be the non-medical solution you need. 

Although it is a manageable condition you can make healthier lifestyle choices now, to help reduce your chances of developing arthritis later.

The following are some preventative things you can do:

Eat Fish
Certain fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy polyunsaturated fat. Omega-3 has multiple health benefits, and can help reduce inflammation in the body. 

Exercising helps you maintain/control your weight. Your knees have to support the majority of your body weight and being overweight can increase the irritation in your knees/joints. For example, if you’re just 10 pounds overweight, the force on your knee as you take each step increases by 30 to 60 pounds according to John Hopkins​. Exercising also strengthens the muscles around the joints. Alternating between aerobic activities (walking, or swimming) with strengthening exercises maximizes your exercise routine. Alternating between these two types of activities also helps you avoid becoming fatigued and straining your muscles. 

Have a Drink 
A study in BMJ​ suggested that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol have lowered the risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis. This one study of course cannot prove that alcohol prevents arthritis, but drinking about 1 glass a day have shown viable health benefits.

See Your Doctor 
If you start to experience symptoms of arthritis, you should see your doctor. Arthritis is a chronic condition that worsens over time. Meaning, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more pain will occur in afflicted areas. Your doctor can suggest treatments or lifestyle modifications that can gradually slow the progress of the arthritis and preserve your mobility.

References: ​

"Arthritis Information." Arthritis Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2015.
"Arthritis Prevention: What Can You Do?" Healthline. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2015.
"How to Prevent Arthritis." How to Prevent Arthritis. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2015.
"Long Term Alcohol Intake and Risk of Rheumatoid Ar​thritis in Women: A Population Based Cohort Study." Hwadmin. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2015.​


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