An Aging Joint Problem

The aging population is expected to double in the next 30 years. With age comes a range of health issues, including joint pain and injury. 1 in 4 Americans suffers from joint pain. Most joint injuries will come from arthritis, the degrading of cartilage and bone. From age 40 and beyond, the chances of damaged joints increase even further. Maintaining proper health and wellness can reduce or even prevent the chances of injury. Doctors recommend these 3 tips to reduce pain and injury for active and not-so-active patients.

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1. Try joint-healthy supplements

Speak to a doctor or pharmacist about supplements that can help joint health. Supplements may reduce inflammation or maintain cartilage health. Studies show that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can help with pain reduction. Other helpful supplements include vitamin D, omega-3, and glucosamine.

2. Keep weight under control

Obesity continues to impact Americans, only worsened by the pandemic. A function of the joints is to bear the weight and force applied by the body. For instance, a simple walk across the room applies 1.5 times bodyweight to the knees. Even a few extra pounds on the body can increase the force, which increases the chances of injury. Exercise and a healthy diet can help keep weight under control.

3. Switch to non-impact exercise

Exercise is a valuable, essential part of joint health. However, this type of exercise can cause more harm than good. Squatting with heavy barbells, for example, places up to 5 times force on the joints. The chances of injury with these exercises increase significantly for someone aged 40 and above. Exercise with large weights should be limited. Instead, focus on exercises and activities that provide a minimal force on the joints. These include swimming, yoga, aqua aerobics, Pilates, and cycling.

Safeguard your joints

Exercise and weight management are the best ways to reduce injury and slow the onset of arthritis. Losing as little as 10% of body weight can help. Many men and women over 40 are very active despite health and weight concerns. This activity helps with overall health, strength, and wellness. However, joints will still degenerate with age, increasing the chances of pain and injury. Choosing the right exercises and supplements can help everyone stay pain-free for longer.

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