Is Not About Aging – Here’s What Skeletons Say About Osteoarthritis
A lot of people think that osteoarthritis is caused because weakening of the bones and the reason is a poor diet. The might not be completely true. Actually, there is one new study and it is shining light on all current understandings of osteoarthritis and it can prove us that we are wrong.
The most common thought of what causes osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and it affects nearly million people in the entire world and around 27 million of them are Americans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and it can have an influence over the joints, but many people experience it in their toes, fingers, hips, knees, lower back, hips and neck as well.
It is important to have your bones supported by a cartilage, which is a firm cushion. It protects the bones and it allows the joints to be able to bend smoothly. However, if you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts breaking down.
During time, the bone growths which are known as spurs may start to grow and cartilage pieces or bone can chip off. When the bone and cartilage damage become worse, the result can be joint inflammation, because there is even more bone on bone contact.
It can be hard to discover the reasons for inflammation and the reason is because this happens during time. Some of the most common reasons are:
• Obesity and carrying excess weight
• Injuries of the joint
• Joints which never properly formed
• Stress from sport or other jobs which require certain movements
• Genetic defects in bone cartilage
Since the Mid-20th Century Osteoarthritis Doubled in Prevalence
In July 2017, Dr. Ian Wallace from Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at the Harvard University actually published one study and together with this team they studied more than 2000 skeletons dating from 3 different periods in time. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
They looked at skeletons and mostly their knees and they dated from the early industrial to the post-industrial era up to the early 2000s, and it included 176 prehistoric ones. Having this information, Dr. Wallace made a conclusion that knee osteoarthritis is actually two times more common than it was in the mid-1900s, but they do not think that this surge happens because people live longer and being more overweight.
When the researchers factored in the fact that obesity is more common and life expectancy is longer, they discovered that arthritis would still be more common. This led to one question: does obesity and living longer are the main reasons for arthritis and its rise? Dr. Wallace did not agree with this. Actually, he said that the reason for it might be the inactivity of the modern time.
Moving Forward Joint Pain Free
His research might give people hope. Even though we cannot control aging, you can prevent the arthritis progression if we are more active.
We present you some of the activities that can prevent arthritis
To begin with, you can do resistance training and use equipment like resistance bands. They are better to use than dumbbells and they do not require going to the gym. Resistance bands give a constant tension and this helps to improve your balance and promote muscle strength.
One of the greatest benefits from resistance training is improving bone density. People hit peak bone mass when they are around 30 years old before they begin to worry about bone maintenance. However, if you are under 30 years, resistance training is amazing for maintaining and building muscle mass, bone health and overall health.
Additional Tips for Preventing Osteoarthritis
– When you exercise remember to warm up couple of minutes before you start.
– Wear proper footwear that can give you stability and shock absorption.
– Do not run on concrete or asphalt.
– Always land with bend knees when you jump.
– When you stretch remember to keep your feet flat
– Once you finish exercising always cool down.
Use this techniques and remember to take care of your health.
Reference: Health XChange