Arthritis Prevention Tips

It is important to take steps in order to stave off degenerative joint disease. Here are some osteoarthritis prevention tips from the (NIH)

Keep your weight down – In a study reviewed by the NIH, people who lost 11 pounds cut their risk of osteoarthritis in half.

Get enough vitamins C and D – Onset or progression of arthritis is less in people who consume adequate amounts. Look to fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamin C. Good sources of D include sunlight, fortified milk or margarine, and supplements with 400 international units (IU) a day. This dose should be increased to 600 IU after age 70.

Strengthen your thigh muscles – Doing moderate conditioning exercises for your quadriceps muscles can reduce the risk of degenerative arthritis by up to 30%.

Take precautions at work – Researchers have linked osteoarthritis with repetitive tasks and with jobs that involve kneeling or squatting, especially when doing heavy lifting.

Avoid sports injuries – NIH advice for reducing your risk of injury while exercising includes: Use proper equipment and protective gear. Cross train, or vary your activities. Take a break if something hurts. Get prompt care for injuries so they heal properly. Click here for more information onĀ sports injuries treatment and arthritis prevention advice.

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