Osteoarthritis affects almost an eighth of population and is certainly the most popular form of arthritis. Most of us will sooner or later suffer from it. This form of arthritis attacks the cartilage, causing pain and preventing joints from moving.
As many other chronic diseases, osteoarthritis can’t be really cured. Despite hundreds of research concerning anti-arthritis medications, all we can do now is to slow down the disease or decrease the chance of its appearance.
Your prime weapon against osteoarthritis isn’t the doctor’s prescriptions, but remaining fit. A mix of sport, cardiovascular exercises and a healthy diet may do wonders to your condition. Generally, anything that increase your muscles abilities to move joints is good – it reduces stress put on the cartilage and thus slows down the speed of its loss. Every pound of muscles you gain is a year more in good health. Every pound of fat you lose during the exercising is a pound less for your joints to carry.
The most common method of relieving pain is to use extremely high or low temperatures on the body. Hot baths are common methods of ensuring that the blood circulation will speed up, easing the pain, while cold water or ice applied on the sore joints will actually reduce the pain.
Heat and cold however, are not always enough to eliminate the pain. If necessary, it is ok to opt for prescription-free drugs. However, if you decide to ask your doctor for something stronger, remember to learn about the side effects and be very wary when you use them. The last thing you need is endangering your health because of too strong painkillers.
The second best thing that slows down the osteoarthritis is Omega-3 fatty acids. They are second only to frequent exercises. The only problem is that these nutrients are naturally found only in a few kinds of fish and in flax, making it very difficult to compose a healthy and varied diet capable of providing enough Omega-3 fatty acids. While Mediterraneans are generally able to get enough seafood to do it, North Americans most often rely on Omega Daily and other similar supplements to get enough Omega-3 fatty acids to lessen the impact of arthritis on their lives.
The best thing you can do is to stay in shape and be as relaxed as you can. Such factors as the overweight makes putting stress on the joints much easier, and lack of muscles makes the cartilage loss happen much faster. Generally, stay fit, balance your diet, use Omega-3 fatty acids supplement and everything will be all right.
November 21 2008 07:11 am | Nutrition