Anti aging guide

Arthritis, Age-Related Health Problem



What is arthritis and how it affects majority of the aged people

Over 80 per cent of people aged 50 and above have some form of arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis. There are other less common types, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These are not generally as related to the aging process as osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is an age-related disease, but it is also made worse by over-using a particular joint or by previous injury to the joint. It is a degenerative disease, meaning that it gets worse with time, but in some people this progression may be very slow. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the knees, hips, neck and hands, but it can affect any joint.

The healthy joint is made of three main parts:

  1. cartilage, a gelatinous substance around the end of the bone
  2. sinovial fluid, which lubricates the joint and helps the ends of the bones move without friction
  3. ligaments, which hold the joint together

With age, all of these constituents may become affected in one way or another, causing pain, stiffness and deformity of the joint.

Arthritis may be common, but it doesn’t mean that you have to put up with it. Preventing it is difficult but there are some sensible steps that you could take:

  • Shun obesity, which puts excess pressure on the joints, causing early wear and tear.
  • Consume extra supplies of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oils, which play an active part in prevention.
  • Pursue a generally healthy lifestyle and eat plenty of dark-colored fruit and vegetables.
  • Consider nutritional supplements (antioxidants or similar).
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm