Healthy joints update: Effect of aging, joint pain, foods to avoid, osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease, and IBD

By: Bel Marra Health | Joint Health | Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 04:30 AM

How aging affects muscles, joints, and bone healthThis news round-up will provide you with information to help you maintain healthy joints. Below you will read topics that involve aging, foods, osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and other topics which can all affect your joints.

Joint pain is a common occurrence as we age but it doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. The below topics will help keep your joints healthy and strong so you can go on an live a pain-free life.

How aging affects muscles, joints, and bone health

Our bone health changes as we are aging, and so do our muscles and joints. Understanding the effects of the aging process can encourage us to be gentler and kinder to our bodies to prevent problems in the future.

There is no denying it, people can lose bone mass and density as they age. Women are particularly susceptible to bone health issues after menopause. The bones tend to lose calcium, as well as other minerals. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, which can lead to an increased risk of fractures. Continue reading…

Why your joints hurt the most in the morningWhy your joints hurt the most in the morning

You’ve just had a refreshing good night’s sleep, but you can’t seem to get yourself out of bed because your joints hurt so badly. Why is this happening? Morning joint stiffness is a common problem among the elderly, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a normal part of aging.

You may be experiencing morning stiffness if you are not physically active or overweight, if you have sleeping troubles, or if you live in a cold and damp area. Or, it can be a symptom of another condition that needs to be addressed, so again, no reason to rule morning stiffness out just as part and parcel of getting old. Continue reading…

10 foods to avoid for healthy joints10 foods to avoid for healthy joints

Unless brought by an injury, joint pain is usually caused by inflammation. Inflammation, normally, is intended to help speed up recovery and prevent damage, but oftentimes inflammation can actually be causing many problems including joint pain.

Joint pain can be a nuisance, an inconvenience limiting our abilities to get out and enjoy the things we love to do. If you’re tired of falling a victim to your joint pain time and time again, a simple solution may be to look at your diet and remove those food items that are contributing to inflammation. Continue reading…

Osteoarthritis risk increases with uric acid levels in jointsOsteoarthritis risk increases with uric acid levels in joints

Osteoarthritis risk increases with uric acid levels in joints. The researchers found the amount of uric acid found in-between one’s joints could shed light on the likelihood of developing severe osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease and there is currently no mode of treatment to slow down its progression.

Senior author of the study Virginia Byers Kraus said, “Finding a way to treat the degenerating joints of people with osteoarthritis would be a tremendous breakthrough. This research is a step towards identifying uric acid as a risk factor for osteoarthritis.” Continue reading…

Crohn’s disease, IBD are risk factors for arthritis and joint painCrohn’s disease, IBD are risk factors for arthritis and joint pain

Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder, is a risk factor for arthritis and joint pain. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two disorders: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In both conditions inflammation of the intestines occurs as the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the digestive tract, thus making them autoimmune diseases as well.

Arthritis has been seen in individuals with IBD, similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease arthritis. It is important to note, though, that there are differences between IBD arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading…


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