Posted by: ugleepen | March 1, 2012

Are You At Risk for Arthritis?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 million adult Americans were diagnosed for arthritis by a physician in 2011. That’s about 1 in 5 Americans.

Arthritis affects people of all ages and economic status. And while juvenile arthritis does occur, and arthritis symptoms can develop suddenly or very slowly,  the vast majority of arthritis sufferers start becoming affected as they age. When you’re looking at whether or not you are at risk for developing arthritis, the simple fact that you are aging can make you prone to the disease.

However, there are other risk factors of which you need to be aware:

1. Overweight.  If you are overweight you have a higher chance of developing arthritis. This is because excess weight puts more stress on the back, knees, and hips.

2. Joint injuries. If you have experienced an injury to a joint, whether it be a knee, a hip, an elbow, or even in the hands and wrist, your risk for arthritis in that joint increases.  This is mainly due to damage, or wear and tear of the joint cartilage. And it doesn’t matter if the joint injury was from an accident, or from chronic stress to the joint from an activity.

3. Eating certain foods. While eating or not eating certain foods does not, in and of itself, cause arthritis, if you are prone to gouty arthritis, you’ll want to try to prevent flare-ups by avoiding foods that contain purine, such as sardines, legumes, poultry, fish, red meats, and organ meats such as liver and kidneys.

Those of you who already suffer from rheumatoid arthritis will want to stick to anti-inflammatory foods to help keep symptoms at bay. You can find examples of anti-inflammatory foods here.

4. Genes. While positive proof of genetic inheritance of arthritis has not yet been found, many studies indicate there is an association for some forms.  For example, a genetic link has been found for rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at Manchester University have discovered a variant that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis which may determine who develops this condition and the extent of their disease.

The bottom line is to live as healthy as possible, especially regarding diet and exercise. And give your hand and finger joints an assist by using an ergonomic pen when you write. The UGLee Pen will help you lessen repetitive stress during writing, which will decrease one of your risk factors for getting arthritis in your hands.

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