Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease affecting joints, causing pain, swelling, rigidity and it often appear in more than one joint.
Nowadays, 1 in 5 people suffer of rheumatoid arthritis and represent a great trouble for public health, here we share a few tips to reduce arthritis impact.
1.Do not ignore your joints. Studies have shown that damages to the joints occur in early stages of some form of arthritis, frequently the first two years.
Tip: If you have swelling pain that last for more than two weeks, it isn´t normal, visit your doctor
2.Get and specific diagnosis. It is important to get an specific diagnosis from your doctor, there are more than a hundred forms of arthritis and each one has an different treatment.
Tip: Know what kind of arthritis you have and cooperate with the help of your doctor on your treatment.
3.Lose weight, The more you weigh the more tension you are putting on your joints, specially on your knees, hips, back and feet. Studies have proven that a weight loss of 11 pounds on a woman of average height reduces the risk of developing osteoarthritis on the knee by 50%.
Tip: If you have overweight, losing 11 pounds may reduce pain on your joints and prevent some forms of arthritis.
4.Be active. Regular exercise protects the joints by strengthen the muscles around it. Physical activity for just 30 minutes or more may reduce pain, improve the movement reach and reduce fatigue.
Tip: Exercise for 30 minutes a day in some activity you enjoy, like walking, swimming, or gardening.
5.Maintain a healthy diet. To enjoy a healthy estate, is important to feed with a healthy and balanced diet. Recent research, points the importance of vitamin X and some other antioxidants on reducing the risk of suffer osteoarthritis
Tip: If you have desire of food in between meals, have an orange or an antioxidant juice.6.Think big. To protect your joints, always use the bigger and stronger joint to accomplish a task. The bigger the surface you have to distribute the weight, the better.
6.Think big. To protect your joints, always use the bigger and stronger joint to accomplish a task. The bigger the surface you have to distribute the weight, the better.
Tip: When lifting heavy things, use your arms instead your hands and take them close to you to reduce the risk of damage.
7.Get ready. Practicing sports offer many benefits, but also exists the danger of a serious injury, which can be osteoarthritis.
Tip: Protect yourself with a proper warm up. Wear protection to release tension in your joints and reduce the risk of injuries. Consider low impact activities such as: cycling or swimming, those that offer benefits when it comes to burn calories without adding tension between your joints.