Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. In fact, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. People of different ages, races and sexes can have arthritis. This is the most common health issue in America. According to statistics, nearly 300.000 children and more than 50 million adults suffer from some type of arthritis. It is more common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions and some of them are: Degenerative, Metabolic, Infectious, Inflammatory arthritis etc.
The following are 6 of the most common arthritis causes:
- Smoking: According to research published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, people who smoke have double the risk of developing arthritis than people who don’t smoke. How do cigarettes cause pain in your joints? Scientists have found that smoking dramatically escalates your body’s inflammation levels –the underlying cause of all arthritis.
- Watching TV:Being a couch potato leads to extra pounds that are often the cause for arthritis. inactive joints are much more susceptible to arthritis “flare ups”. To prevent arthritis (and obesity) limit your TV watching to an hour or less per day.
- Socially isolated: Researchers at the University of Oxford found that people who were socially isolated tended to have more severe rheumatoid artritis than those with a strong social network.
- Lack of Vitamin C: People who don’t consume fruits and vegetables are in great risk of artritis development. According to Duke University researchers people who didn’t intake enough vitamin C had higher rates of osteoarthritis – the most common form of artritis.
- Eating Red Meat: Dorothy Pattison of National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society discovered that people who regularly red meat doubled their risk of developing rheumatoid artritis. The saturated fat in red meat seems to bumps up inflammation – leading to artritis.
- Allergies: No matter the kind of allergy, it can make your joints cry out in pain. Allergies make your body’s immune system – making inflammation spiral out of control. This is why people who have some kind of allergy face a bigger risk to have artritis joints than those who are allergy free.