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Joint & Arthritis – 25 December 2013
Creaky, achy joints. A twinge in the knee. A sharp shooting pain from the shoulder to the elbow. No big deal, right? Wrong. All too often, we assume joint pain is a normal part of aging that we just have to learn to live with. Arthritis, which literally means “inflammation of a joint”, is the number one disabling disease in South Africa, affecting an estimated 1 in every 7 people. And it doesn’t only happen when you’re a granny or grandpa, juvenile arthritis affects 1 in 1000 kids.
There are about 100 different conditions that fall under the arthritis umbrella but you would probably be familiar with the 2 most common. Osteoarthritis is the result of wear and tear on your joints, which causes weakening and deterioration of the cartilage, whereas rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder where your body launches a self-attack & destroys joint cartilage in the process. Either way, your joints take a serious hammering. While arthritis can’t be cured, there are certain things that you can do to ease and treat aches and pains.
Regular exercise keeps pressure off your joints by building strengthening muscle around them and keeping overall body weight in check and a diet full of healthy greens like broccoli and spinach can help with creaky joints thanks to their high calcium content. Finally, don’t forget dietary supplements that keep your joints well lubed. Glucosamine eases joint pain and stiffness and may even contribute to cartilage repair. Ask your pharmacist to point you in the right direction!