Women And Arthritis Risk

Increasing numbers of American women are becoming obese and physically inactive, leading to more women experiencing arthritis. While women in the United States have an arthritis prevalence of over 23 percent, women in Canada have a significantly lower rate of 19.6 percent, according to a new Toronto Western Research Institute study, which compared data from both countries. “Our study results suggest that the higher prevalence of arthritis in the U.S. may be a consequence of greater obesity and physical inactivity in that country, particularly in women,” says lead author Elizabeth Badley. “Public health initiatives that promote healthy weight and physical activity may benefit from including arthritis concerns in its message, and could potentially reduce the incidence of arthritis,” Badley says. The study appears in the March issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research. Certain factors have been shown to be associated with a greater risk of arthritis. Some of these risk factors are modifiable while others are not. Modifiable risk factors include: • Overweight and obesity. Excess weight can result in knee osteoarthritis. • Infection. Microbial agents can infect joints and contribute to the development of multiple forms of arthritis. • Joint damage. Injury can result in the development of joint osteoarthritis. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy can aid in alleviating the pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. Traditional Chinese medicine uses a multidimensional approach, treating arthritis with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, diet modification, and supplements as necessary depending on the type of arthritis and the symptoms. … Read More

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