While most of us are aware of the term arthritis, many of us would be surprised to learn that it’s not necessarily a condition that affects ‘old people’. For example, there’s Juvenile arthritis, which affects children under 16. Or Ankylosing spondylitis, that most often strikes men in their teens or twenties. According to a report commissioned by Arthritis Australia, 2.4 million people living with arthritis are of working age.

Arthritis is actually a term that covers a range of medical conditions that affect our joints, including stiffness, pain and inflammation, and one of the most common forms of the disease is osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) does have a relationship with age, with symptoms often attributed to ‘wear and tear’ as we grow older. However, research suggests that while the ageing process changes the musculoskeletal system, making it more susceptible to OA, other risk factors may have a greater impact. So injuries to joints (sporting or other), carrying extra body weight and genetics can increase the likelihood of OA.

We can’t do much about our family history, but early intervention such as maintaining a healthy weight or addressing musculoskeletal issues sooner might prevent problems in the future.

So there’s a few things we can do to help prevent further damage.

Firstly, work towards a healthy weight. You can use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to help set a goal. We discussed the incredible benefits of reducing weight in OA in a previous Joint Effort post. And we probably don’t need to remind you of all the other health benefits you’ll achieve as a result. Most importantly, this doesn’t have to be done quickly with a fad diet. In fact, that’s not recommended at all.

Another of our posts talks about slow loss being better than no loss. And here’s a recipe that shows you that it doesn’t have to be boring.

Secondly, there are a number of foods that can help reduce inflammation. Having a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is not only beneficial for our health, but can also decrease our risk of developing other chronic conditions. There’s a comprehensive list here in another of our Joint Effort posts. It also shows you what to avoid.

Thirdly, keep moving. Low impact exercise such as walking, swimming, gardening help maintain and improve your muscle strength, which in turn, supports your joints.

Finally, joint pain is the result of inflammation, so in addition to enjoying a range of anti-inflammatory foods, using a natural anti-inflammatory like Nageze® helps relieve both the pain and the inflammation.

Nageze® not only gathers the full spectrum Turmeric extract with Curcuminoids, Tumerones and essential oils, it melds it with proprietary BetaSorb® technology to further improve absorption and bioavailability.

Nageze Joint Pain also contains TermiPain®, a proprietary extract of the fruit from the Terminalia chebula tree – another potent natural anti-inflammatory.

Best of all, it can be used every day.

Now that you’re more aware about osteoarthritis, why not choose Arthritis Awareness week to stop suffering and start living the life you want to live.