Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It causes pain and inflammation in joints and is also known as degenerative joint disease or wear-and-tear arthritis. In OA, the cartilage in your joints wears away. Cartilage covers the ends of bones and acts as a cushion. If too much cartilage wears away, bone rubs against bone. The joint changes in OA cause pain, stiffness, and trouble with movement.
Can you prevent OA?
OA is a result of using your joints every day. The older a person gets, the more wear-and-tear happens. You can’t fully prevent OA. But you can help lessen daily stress on your joints. This can make it less likely that OA will happen or get worse. Taking good care of yourself can help prevent joint problems.
Keep a healthy body weight
Extra weight puts stress on your joints. It can most hurt your hips, knees, ankles and feet. And extra fat causes changes in the cartilage. If you are overweight, talk with me about safe ways to lose weight.
Control your blood sugar
High blood sugar levels raise your risk of getting OA. If you have diabetes, get your blood sugar levels checked regularly. Talk with me about ways to manage your levels if they are too high. READ MORE