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4 Tips to Help Prevent Osteoarthritis: It's Arthritis Awareness Month.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is known as degenerative joint disease, and it is the most common form of arthritis. Over time, the cartilage in your joints, primarily in the hands, neck, spine, hips and knees can breakdown, eventually causing bones to start rubbing against each other. Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs after age 65, but it can occur at any age. Nearly everyone has some degree of osteoarthritis in one or more joints by age 60. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are treatments and things you can do to help prevent it. We found an article over on WebMD that outlines the top four things you can do to help prevent osteoarthritis. Click here to read their full article.

1. Control your weight

Obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis. In fact, the risk is roughly 4 times greater for obese women and 5 times greater for obese men. Maintaining an appropriate weight may help prevent osteoarthritis and lesson the severity of the symptoms.

2. Exercise

It's hard to find any negative benefits of an appropriate exercise program. Strengthening the muscles around you joints may take pressure of them and help prevent osteoarthritis. Plus, exercise makes you feel great.

3.   Avoid Injuries and seek treatment when you do have them

Seems pretty obvious. From the article, "A long-term study of 1,321 graduates of Johns Hopkins Medical School found that people who injured a knee in adolescence or young adulthood were three times more likely to develop osteoarthritis in that knee, compared those who had not suffered an injury. People who injured their knee as an adult had a five times greater risk of osteoarthritis in the joint."

4. Eat right

We couldn't agree more. What you put in your body has a direct impact on your overall health. The ingredients in bone broth may help play a role in preventing osteoarthritis. Check out this article by Dr. Mercola: Is Bone Broth the New Superfood?  

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