As we age, we often joke about the random aches and pains that seem to steadily increase with each birthday: another year, another unexpected groan from moving “the wrong way.” While years of wear and tear on the body can result in some stiffness as time passes, some of that discomfort may actually be early warning signs of Arthritis.
Three Types of Arthritis
If you’re already suffering from some form of arthritis, be it gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or any of the over 100 different ailments that fall under the rheumatic disease heading, you’re not alone. While it’s more common among those 65 and older, that age bracket actually only makes up one third of the total lives affected by the accompanying swelling, pain, and lack of joint flexibility.
In addition, other factors can increase the risk factor for rheumatic diseases, such as being overweight, being diabetic, or having high blood pressure.
So what can you do to help prevent, or at least minimize, the onset of arthritis as you age? First and foremost, maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The combination of these two will go a long way toward diminishing risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure. The stress on your joints from the excess weight can aggravate and even accelerate their degradation. Physical activity will help keep your bones and muscles healthy and strong so they’re better equipped to support the joints around them.
Early Detection and Treatment for Arthritis
Also, early diagnosis and treatment will reduce and even prevent the damage caused by arthritis. If you realize you’ve been feeling pain or stiffness in a joint for over two weeks, be sure to make an appointment with your physician, or stop by your hometown AppleCare clinic for an evaluation. The longer it goes undiagnosed, the more harm you will do to your joints.