Surprising Facts About Arthritis

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 10, 2014

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Arthritis is a common problem that develops in people as they age. It may not be under your control, however, understanding the facts about the condition can certainly help you with the problem.
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    Arthritis

    Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints and causes painful inflammation. Although the condition is very common, there are several myths that prevail. Here are some surprising facts about the condition. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Increase in Weight Increases the Risk of Arthritis

    One of the most surprising things about arthritis is that it is connected to your body weight. Being overweight will put more pressure on the joints leading to more wear and tear and this increases the chances of developing osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis. Losing weight can reduce stress on the joints and help you avoid arthritis complications. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    There is no Natural Cure for Arthritis

    It is not a good idea to try treating your arthritis with natural home remedies because they don't work. You should consult your doctor for best treatment available since there is no natural way to treat the condition or recover from joint damage. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Arthritis can affect Anyone

    One of the most common myths associated with arthritis is that it is only limited to seniors. While the condition is more common in seniors it can affect people of any age group. A large percentage of all the people diagnosed with arthritis are under 60. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Arthritis is not Connected to the Weather

    Arthritis is not at all connected to the weather. It is a common belief that weather changes have a direct effect on the arthritis condition, however it isn't true. Changes in the weather don't affect arthritis. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Cracking Knuckles causes Arthritis

    Several people believe that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis, however it doesn't. While cracking the knuckles may not cause any problem for your joints, repeated injuries can. Avoid injuries to your joints in order to avoid any complications. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Arthritis is more common in Women

    Arthritis is more common in women as compared with men. Genes and sex hormones affect the condition differently however, the unknown behavior leads to a large number of female arthritis cases. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Arthritic symptoms may indicate an underlying Medical Condition

    The symptoms of arthritis may sometimes be a sign of bigger problems. People, however, may ignore this fact since arthritis is usually associated with age. If your joint pain or inflammation is persistent, see your doctor soon. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    You can Control your risk of developing Arthritis

    You can control the risk of developing arthritis. Risk factors like smoking and unhealthy lifestyle can be controlled effectively, which can then help in reducing the risk of developing arthritis with age. Look after yourself and your joints and keep the medical condition at bay. Image Courtesy: Getty

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