“Osteoarthritis is the single most common cause of disability in older adults. According to the United Nations, by 2050 people aged over 60 will account for more than 20% of the world’s population,” WHO. Osteoarthritis is a condition wherein the cartilage – that provides padding to the joints – begins to wear off. While ageing is one of the primary reasons for the condition, some other perpetrators would include past injury and even obesity.
Osteoarthritis is commonly reported in some of the pivotal weight bearing joints of the body. Some of the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis would include pain and soreness in joints, stiffness after a period of inactivity, swelling or enlargement in joints.
A recent study points to the fact that women are more susceptible to osteoarthritis as compared to men. The key trigger is believed to be a type of fluid present in the joints. Synovial fluid may be treated as a marker of joint health. Experts suggest minor lifestyle tweaks that can ensure stronger bones, ligaments and cartilage to stave off the risk of falling prey to age-related bone degeneration.
– Weight bearing exercises is important to maintain the strength of the bones and connective tissues and prevent them from falling weak.
– Regular and adequate calcium and vitamin D consumption is important for bone repair and development.
– Weight management is crucial. Excess weight puts pressure on your bones and joints making them prone to damage and even fracturing.
– Those who are susceptible to developing bone ailments should keep a check on inflammation in the body.
– Food items that cause inflammation may lead to trouble in people who suffer from or are likely to suffer from bone associated ailments.
– Steer clear of processed food items, sugar and food rich in purines to avoid joint inflammation and pain triggers.
– Make sure your posture is right all the time.
“An allergy or intolerance to particular foods could be a contributing factor to joint pain. Pinpointing the culprit foods can be difficult, but common suspects include dairy products, eggs and cereals. Scientific evidence suggests that a diet deficient in antioxidants, particularly vitamins A,C and E and the mineral selenium may also predispose some people to joint problems,” The Detox Cookbook and Health Plan by Maggie Pannell.