As you get older the wear and tear on your joints can become unbearable, but is there anything you can do about it?
If you think that arthritis is unavoidable then you may be in for a surprise as there are certainly ways to alleviate the problems.
Lets look at the connection between arthritis and weight loss.
Lose weight to help your arthritis
Studies have shown that if you are overweight or obese then the chances of developing osteoarthritis in your knees will increase.
Just being an extra 10 pounds overweight can add an extra 30-60 pounds of extra force onto your knees.
No wonder this additional stress can cause a break down of your bone, cartilage and tendons faster than those of a normal weight.
How much weight should you lose?
This will obviously depend on your own circumstances, but research has shown that for every 11 pounds of body fat lost you will reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 50%.
To lose this weight you should focus on healthy eating, and regular exercise. Although if you already suffer from arthritis then perhaps you should focus on low impact activities.
These could include walking, swimming or bodyweight exercises. Definitely nothing that involves jumping.
What else can you do?
There are certain foods that you can add to your diet that can make a big difference to both your weight and the development of arthritis.
For example foods rich in vitamin D can help improve the health of your joints, and have also been linked to weight loss too.
Also, there are certain types of seaweed you can eat too. They are full of minerals, including calcium that can help you to lose weight and strengthen your joints.
If you are currently overweight, then the health risks should be enough to prompt you to lose a few pounds.
Arthritis is just one of these risks, but there is also heart disease, diabetes and various cancers to worry about too.
You should take steps to reduce the risk of developing these conditions, before it is too late.