Osteoarthritis and aging have two very strong common denominators, and the second is not that well known.
What is well known is that this form of arthritis is by far away the most common form to affect us as hit the 60 year old mark.
However, the majority of us past this age may not realize that cell stress and cell damage may be the leading cause of it.
We have all heard that it is the result of years of wear and tear on our cartilages, and as a result, the cushions at the end of our bones in our joints wear down.
As this deterioration continues, they begin to become rough instead as slick as they were originally designed, which limits their range of motion.
Throughout our years, our cartilages have remained firm and slippery, and as a result, they functioned very easily without any friction.
As the aging process begins to advance, they are wearing down and eventually our bones will begin rubbing on each other.
However, what if the stress on our cells and the cell damage it is causing could be slowed down, and as a result; the oxidative stress can be slowed?
Take a minute and ask yourself that question.
Osteoarthritis and aging also has some very common risk factors and they include the following
In fact, as we get older, it is considered to be quite rare that once we hit the age of 60 that we do not suffer from this form in some way.
Osteoarthritis and aging also seems to attack women a lot more than men, unless you worked in an occupation with repetitive movements.
Some examples for men would be construction, farming, and other like occupations, and with women, it could include several office like jobs.
Any occupation where we do the same movement either with our legs or arms for several hours each day can and does trigger it.
Obesity is also a major risk factor, as carrying extra weight not only affects our hearts; it also affects our bones and joints.
A prior injury when we were younger can also trigger it as we get older.
There are several symptoms we can watch for with Osteoarthritis and aging and they include the following.
However, take a minute and think again about the possible relationships with our cells and this condition.
There are four major cells in our bones and they all perform extremely important functions and they include the following.
These osteogenic cells are the only cells in our bones that actually divide, while the osteoblasts are the ones that actually form new bones in our body.
The osteoclast cells are the ones that breakdown and absorb old and damaged bone tissues that are constantly being replaced in this process.
There is also one other very interesting fact about these different bone cells; there is a very fine balance between generating and replacing broken down bone cells.
So what does any of this have to do with Osteoarthritis and aging?
Let’s look at one of the oldest forms of treatment for this form of arthritis that is still very common in Europe and has been used for centuries.
An Avocado and soybean oil unsaponifiables.
This mixture is placed on knees and hips that are affected, as it is a very powerful anti-oxidant and is widely held to slow or even prevent this painful condition.
In fact, of all the new medical treatments this is still the most popular in most of the world and the real question is why?
The answer is simple; antioxidants.
In the article our aging cells as well as foods for our cells on this website, there is a full and detailed explanation of how we call maintain our cells as we get older.
Osteoarthritis and aging does not mean, regardless of the statistics, that once we hit the age of 60, that we will be attacked.
There are also some more common conventional treatments and they include the following.
Acetaminophen may not ring a bell at first, but Tylenol does.
It has been used for years to treat all forms of arthritis and other brand names include Goody Pain Relief, and Excedrin Pain relief.
NSAIDs, also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also quite effective and they include some of the following name brands.
There are prescription forms that are more powerful and they are also very effective at relieving the pain.
Osteoarthritis and aging also has several types of therapy and they include the following.
Physical therapy will involve gentle exercise programs to help strengthen our joints and increase the range that may be limited.
If it is severe, occupational therapy can help us find new ways to do things as the ways we used to do them may be too painful.
However, if it is just beginning to affect us we may really want to explore how to “feed our cells” with natural antioxidants that can help slow it down.
If we can keep our cells reproducing and repairing for several more years, we can fight off this common beast.
Tai Chi and Yoga are great ways to flex our bones and joints with very slow and soft movements.
As we all get older, do not take the conventional way with drugs.
Instead, let’s look at natural ways and some soft exercises.
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