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Prevent Osteoarthritis – Easiest Trick EVER! 2 Quick Tips to Prevent it (How & Why)

By on May 25, 2017
This simple strategy could prevent osteoarthritis, say researchers.

According to a new scientific review from the University of Surrey, people who ate a nutrient-rich diet and stayed physically active were less likely to develop osteoarthritis. As for the reason why, these habits help reduce metabolic changes which put stress on certain cells, which can lead to inflammation. This, in turn, can lead to pain and stiffness in the joints, a characteristic sign of osteoarthritis.

Professor Ali Mobasheri, lead author of the review, explains the findings below:

“For too long osteoarthritis has been known as the ‘wear and tear disease’ and it has been assumed that it is part and parcel of getting older. However, this is not the case and what we have learnt is that we can control and prevent the onset of this painful condition. It is important never to underestimate the significance of a healthy diet and lifestyle as not only does it impact upon our general well-being but can alter the metabolic behaviour [sic] of our cells, tissues and organs leading to serious illnesses.”

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million American adults. Age, gender, and genetics often play a role in the disease, as well as a person’s racial background. However, through Mobasheri’s research, he learned this wasn’t the only risk factors for the disease.

By reviewing more than 100 studies examining osteoarthritis and its development, he made the following discoveries:

  • Osteoarthritis is triggered by metabolic changes. These changes, which require more energy from cells, cause cells to produce more glucose. When it is not used up, it transforms itself into lactic acid, which, over time, can lead to inflammation in the joint cartilage.
  • These metabolic changes are often caused by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. The top two? Eating excessive calories from foods containing few nutrients, such as junk and fast food. Living a sedentary lifestyle can also lead to these metabolic changes.
  • Reducing metabolic changes, not surprisingly, is an important factor for preventing osteoporosis. Since both diet and exercise are both responsible for these metabolic changes, improving these habits are necessary.

Improving these risk factors isn’t difficult, note experts. It isn’t necessary to diet or even count calories–instead, eating more nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is key. Staying more active also matters; vegging out on the couch all day, not surprisingly, isn’t healthy. Walking around more, engaging in sports, and avoiding sedentary activities such as watching TV can help, however.

Overall, it’s all about maintaining a healthy balance.

“In osteoarthritis (OA), chondrocytes and cells in joint tissues other than cartilage undergo metabolic alterations and shift from a resting regulatory state to a highly metabolically active state,” write researchers. “Key metabolic pathways and mediators might be targets of future therapies for OA.”

More information is available in the May 2017 issue of Nature Reviews Rheumatology.

Readers: On a scale of 1 to 10, how healthy is your lifestyle currently?

Sources:
Osteoarthritis Could Be Prevented With Good Diet and ExerciseScienceDaily.com
The Role of Metabolism in the Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis (Review)Nature.com

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