Thursday, November 08, 2007

Avoiding Arthritis

Arthritis has long been associated with minor afflictions of an aging person. The most common cause of a painful joint is osteoarthritis. Another arthritis common is gout. Gout is a joint disease marked by intense, burning pain and inflammation of the joint. There is however, some way to avoid arthritis:

1.) Daily normal activities like walking and regular visits to the gym or doing popular aerobic exercises in the home setting are doable preventive measures. Regular exercises tone and strengthen muscles around joints and help protect the joints. Even if some arthritides are inherited, tone and health muscles help maintain motion and lessen pain.

2.) Avoid excessive alcohol intake and food binges. These practices bring painful gout attacks for those who have gout.

3.) Stop smoking. Data show that rheumatoid arthritis and buerger’s disease are associated with this vice. These are also known risk factors for the development of osteoporosis even among males.

4.) More than three cups of coffee a day is a know risk factor for the development of osteoporosis so avoid excessive coffee intake.

5.) See your rheumatologist early especially if there is a family history of arthritis.



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