Arthritis: Top Tips for Preventing Painful Osteoarthritis Include Exercise and Healthy Eating
Osteopath Bethany Elliott-Hutton has acknowledged that “not all types of arthritis are preventable.” However, there are some things that can be done to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. First, the expert recommended “maintaining a healthy weight”, as this can help reduce pressure on weight-bearing joints, such as the knees. “It also helps reduce the amount of inflammation in your body, which is essential for staying healthy,” Bethany added.
Of course, by following Bethany’s three tips, the risk of developing osteoarthritis cannot be ruled out.
This is because there are certain risk factors that cannot be avoided, such as increasing age.
“Osteoarthritis is more common in people aged 50 and over,” Bethany said.
Plus, “women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men,” and the condition is more likely if you have a family member who already has it.
Another risk factor for developing osteoarthritis is if you have suffered from a joint injury in the past.
Meanwhile, if you have a metabolic disease such as diabetes, you are also at increased risk for osteoarthritis.
One of the “worst lifestyle choices” that increases your risk for arthritis is poor posture, Bethany warned.
“Having bad posture can cause imbalances in the body and can cause increased pressure on some joints,” she explained.
“Forms of strength exercise such as Pilates can help strengthen core muscles and improve not only posture but also balance,” she added.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is also a major risk factor associated with many health problems.
“Inactivity can therefore lead to increased weight, which in turn can increase pressure on the joints causing pain and discomfort,” Bethany said.
“Joint mobility and range of motion can also be adversely affected, while muscle strength is reduced.”
Osteopath Bethany Elliott-Hutton is based in Bodytonic Clinic, London.