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The first step in preventing arthritis is knowing your risk factors for the condition. Being overweight or obese, having joint injuries, and having weak thigh muscles are a few of the possible risk factors. Prevention also involves using this knowledge to make lifestyle changes aimed at controlling your arthritis risk factors. Among the lifestyle changes that may help with prevention are exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and preventing joint injuries.

Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to arthritis. Prevention begins by understanding the condition and its risk factors, and then using that knowledge to make good decisions that help control arthritis risk factors.
Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk of arthritis. Protecting your joints doesn't have to be complicated. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or getting the support you need to maintain a healthy weight.
Steps for effective arthritis prevention involve:
  • Knowing your risk factors
  • Monitoring your health and making lifestyle changes.
But will these steps prevent arthritis? The simple answer is probably not. This is because there are actually more than 100 types of arthritis (including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis, to name a few). Each type can have different causes, symptoms, and treatments. There are also different ways to prevent each type of arthritis. However, after reading this article, you will have a better idea of how you might prevent osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis. For this article, we will use the terms osteoarthritis and arthritis interchangeably.
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