Educate Yourself This World Arthritis Day
The theme for this year’s World Arthritis Day, celebrated on October 12, is ‘it’s in your hands, take action’. Like all health awareness days, this day is marked to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and to encourage people with RMDs, their carers, families and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, and can affect one joint or multiple joints. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). And while symptoms develop over time, ones to look out for include stiffness, joint pain, and swelling. Redness of the skin around the joint is also common, as well as feeling tired or having a loss of appetite due to the inflammation of the immune system’s activity causes.
Did You Know?
- There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods.
- Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults.
- Arthritis is more common in women than men and in people who are overweight.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Medical professionals suggest making some small lifestyle changes to help you deal with arthritis. Try the following:
- Lose weight to reduce symptoms if you already have arthritis, or to avoid it if not.
- Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet. Experts suggest munching on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other inflammation-reducing foods such as fish and nuts. Avoid or minimize processed foods, daily products and high intakes of meat.
- Get regular exercise as it will keep your joints flexible, explain experts. Anything from swimming to yoga and even a little running or walking will help.
Hollywood star Kathleen Turner was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the 1990s, at the peak of her career. In 2002 she spearheaded an RA awareness campaign to educate people on the disease.
Facts courtesy of http://www.healthline.com/