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You don’t need to suffer osteoarthritis when old. Just exercise and eat right now

You can avoid suffering from osteoarthritis in your old age if you make a few small lifestyle changes when you still can: Experts suggest hitting the gym and avoiding poor diet are two simple tweaks you can do in your life.

fitness Updated: May 13, 2017 14:11 IST
Asian News International
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The study results reveal that you can control and prevent the onset of osteoarthritis with the help of lifestyle changes. (Shutterstock)

You may want to hit the gym immediately and avoid poor diet as according to a recent study, these lifestyle changes can keep osteoarthritis away from you when you are older.

During the expert review, researchers from the University of Surrey identified a crucial link between metabolism and osteoarthritis. Metabolic changes, caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, trigger the genetic reprogramming of cells in the body and joints. Such metabolic changes impact upon the cells ability to produce energy, forcing it to generate alternative sources to function. The stress this places on cells leads to the overproduction of glucose, which when not used for energy transforms into lactic acid, which is difficult for the body to flush out. Abnormal levels of this acid in the body leads to the inflammation of the joint’s cartilage which impedes on movement and causes pain.

By identifying metabolic changes in cells, it is potentially possible to control or significantly slow down the symptoms of osteoarthritis, alleviating the suffering of millions of people. Currently there is no effective treatment for osteoarthritis, with only painkillers available to treat symptoms and no known cure.

Lead author Ali Mobasheri said that osteoarthritis has been known as the ‘wear and tear disease’ for too long and it has been assumed that it is part and parcel of getting older. However, this is not the case as the study shows that people can control and prevent the onset of this painful condition. The research is published in the Nature Reviews Rheumatology.

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First Published: May 13, 2017 14:10 IST