Arthritis prevention. What Can You Do?.
First and foremost, there is no magic bullet in the prevention of arthritis. However, there are several ways to help minimise your risk and delay the potential onset of symptoms. The simple advice is, if you have healthy joints right now, you want to do everything you can to maintain and boost their mobility and function.
There are many different types of arthritis with the most common Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. You can read more about these and their symptoms in our arthritis types section.
The bad news
Some risk factors are very high and there is nothing you can do. For example, a genetic profile or family history of arthritis mean it is highly likely (not certain) that you will get arthritis in some form.
The good news
Some risk factors are considered ‘modifiable’ and involve making behavioural or lifestyle changes to significantly reduce or eliminate these factors and help bring down or prevent inflammation.
Some of the most obvious modifiable risk factors include maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and eating a healthy low sugar diet. The ultra-good news is these lifestyle changes are applied across multiple health conditions, not just arthritis, so we modify multiple birds with one stone.
A lot of the more recent research coming out around reducing risk factors has a focus on sport and avoiding injury. A growing trend in arthritis prevention is the concentration on safe training, and improving joint muscle strength. The science behind arthritis is an ongoing project and there is strong belief in the community that one day a prevention or cure will be found.
We will have several articles focusing on the impact of sport in our lifestyle section, so be sure to keep an eye out and subscribe to our feed.