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Arthritis—Why Prevention is the Best Cure—Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, we began looking at ways to prevent arthritis. Below you’ll see more tips that may help reduce our risk.

For example, if you engage in any activity that may cause injury to the joints, be sure to do everything you can to prevent any damage from happening. Have you ever noticed how many retired football players seem to be limping around? It’s due to all of the hard hits their joints took while playing for years on end. So if you’re on a sports team, be sure to protect your joints from damage as much as possible. Along these lines, if you work at a job that requires you to bend down and squat over and over, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for any pain in the affected joints.

Natural remedies may help reduce the risk of developing arthritis. These include vitamins C and E, which are both powerful antioxidants that stay busy attacking free radicals. Fish and flaxseed oil, both rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, may also help.

Stress may also play a role in developing arthritis. So to minimize your risk of getting arthritis, you really need to figure out ways to keep stress to a minimum. Isn’t it something how so many conditions and illnesses can be linked to high stress levels? Stress has a negative impact on our health in many ways and arthritis is no different.

The key is to find out what you enjoy doing and what makes you feel happy, and then do it! Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and/or other regular exercise that you like may help reduce your stress levels.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, chances are you will be given a prescription for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or maybe even an over-the-counter one like ibuprofen. Although these are great medications for relieving the pain associated with arthritis, they act essentially as a Band-Aid to cover the symptom and do nothing to deal with the underlying issue of why arthritis developed in the first place. Glucosamine sulfate is a natural remedy that has been found in many studies to help, not only alleviate the pain of osteoarthritis. but help rebuild damaged cartilage. Many people begin to feel relief from their symptoms in about three to five weeks. So if arthritis shows up in spite of your best preventative measures, you may want to mention glucosamine sulfate to your physician during your check up.




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Hi Leslie - You can find more information on our glucosamine reference page:
Take care, Pat

February 9, 2010 - 5:35pm
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Why is it...my rheumatoid doc never mentioned glucosamine sulfate?? I have osteoarthritis for a few years now due to a dystrophy caused by a needle in my foot from foot doc. Neither doc told me about glucosamine sulfate! Thanks for such good, easy info! Leslie, Charlotte, NC

February 9, 2010 - 8:38am
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