Arthritis: Symptoms, causes and prevention

The term arthritis comes from the greek origin “arthro-” meaning joint, and “-itis” meaning inflammation, thus “inflammation of joint”. However, there are different types of arthritis and ailments that not only affect the joints, but also the tissues that support them, the muscles and bones.

The symptoms of any issues in the joint can be manifested, not only in the joint itself, but also in the surrounding area. There are different symptoms that warn us, the most common being:

Pain
Stiffness
Swelling (not always)
Difficulty with moving 
Other symptoms not as common can be displayed depending on the type of arthritis, but if one of the just stated symptoms is constant for more than two weeks, please consult your physician. 
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis and its related ailments are the most common cause of disability in the United States. More than 8 million people across the nation are disabled and 23 million people are limited in their day-to-day activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) project that in the year 2030, 67 million people across the nation will be medically diagnosed with arthritis. This is a 45% increase from the current data. The increase is alarming, which is why it is necessary to know the causes in order to prevent it. 
CAUSES AND PREVENTION 
There are diverse causes, some not well known, for the many different types of arthritis and its associated diseases. But, in the majority of cases, we can do so much. Therefore, our focus should be towards the different causes that increase the risk of suffering from arthritis, in order to avoid it:
  • Gut flora imbalance (or macrobiotics):The gut flora is a conjunction of bacteria that lives inside our intestines; if there exists certain bad bacteria in excess, usually caused by poor diet, it weakens our immune system, causing inflammation in our joints. Therefore, we must watch what we eat in order to maintain a healthy and balanced gut.
  • Obesity: Being overweight exposes one to suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly in the knees. It also exposes one, men more than women, to develop gout. Due to this and all the other negative consequences regarding obesity, it is imperative to maintain an adequate weight for our structure.
  • Muscular weakness: When our muscles weaken, they stop supporting effectively the joints. The risk of joint disease, in particular to the knee, is greater. That is why exercising regularly and having a balanced diet is important.
  • Repetitive movements: Some movements that are constantly performed during an extended period could harm, or cause injury to the joints.
It happens to be that human beings have great power in order to protect our good health, even to heal ourselves. Let’s not forget our emotional health, which goes hand in hand with our physical health. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

 

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