The term arthritis is a general term used to pertain to any number of arthritic diseases. The most common form osteoarthritis, but also included in this broad category are osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Juvenile Arthritis.
The varying types of arthritis can primarily be labeled under one of two umbrella categories. The first is a set of disease which is a natural occurrence through wear and tear as we age. These are the more common forms of arthritic diseases, and everyone has the potential to develop them. The second set is based on immune system response, which causes inflammation in the joints and other various parts of the body dependent on the individual disease.
Many people wonder – can you prevent arthritis? The answer varies based on which umbrella category you are referring to. Today we will take a look at each of these.
Can You Prevent Arthritis – Natural Wear & Tear Category
It is possible to practice prevention of arthritis as a result of natural wear and tear as you age. Some people, such as those with a history of injury or birth defects, are at a higher risk, and often prevention is not fool proof. But staying active, incorporating flexibility training and strength training, and losing weight can all assist in the prevention in this form of arthritis.
Can You Prevent Arthritis – Autoimmune Category
Unfortunately, there is no concrete evidence providing a way to prevent arthritic disease which is a result of an autoimmune reaction. If you are in a high-risk category, however, you should know that early detection and treatment are key in slowing the disease's progress. Make sure you get regular check-ups with your doctor.
There are three things that have been noted to delay onset, or ease severity of the disease once developed. These three things include weight loss, smoking cessation, and proper oral hygiene. Recent studies have found a possible link between periodontal disease and the development of RA, so make sure to see your dentists at least once a year, brush, and floss nightly.
Precautions Against All Diseases
There are some things you can do to greatly decrease your risk of developing any disease. This includes smoking and/or alcohol cessation or any addictive substance, for starters. Also, drinking enough fluids, getting enough sleep, and eating a well-balanced diet. Weight loss in obese individuals drastically lowers a person's risk of developing a disease.