Arthritis is a chronic pain issue that affects many adults as they begin to get older. While it is most common is women, it doesn’t discriminate against gender or even age. While it may not be possible to guarantee that you will not get arthritis at some point in your life, there are certain practices you can do to prevent the chronic pain problem from arising sooner than later.
There are simple lifestyle choices you can do to prevent the painful effects of arthritis, such as:
- Implement fish into your weekly diet
Fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in the body, which is a common cause of arthritis. Eating these fish about twice a week can help reduce the risk.
- Control your weight
Even being a little overweight can cause health issues when it comes to your joints and how they are supporting your body. Keep your weight at a healthy level and relieve stress from your muscles and joints.
- Exercise often
Exercising ties into controlling your weight, and also strengthens the muscles and joints that will be supporting you throughout your life
- Avoid injuries
When you injury your joints or muscles, you can damage parts of the body such as cartilage which can cause joints to give out quicker than normal. While avoiding injury can never be guaranteed, you can at least make sure you follow proper safety regulations while participating in things such as sports and exercise.
- Have a drink?
While this isn’t yet scientifically proven, or the best option for everyone, having a drink or two of alcohol a day has been rumored to lower the risks of arthritis. Before participating in this option, speak with your doctor to see if it is safe for you.
This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.