I don’t have arthritis yet. I emphasize the word “yet” because I know that the wear and tear of the joints as we age is inevitable. However, exercise and a healthy diet may delayed the process… and if you worry that high impact exercise (as in running) will cause you osteoarthritis there’s no reason to worry if you have healthy joints. In fact, high impact moves may be the way to keep the bone mass in check, especially for women.

The first step to prevent aches and pains is to get informed of the current trends and to get expert advice; this is why the magazine Arthritis Today is like a magic pill of proper joint care.

Specially, in November 2011 issue you can get the scoop on such a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Motrin, Advil and Aleve such as:

  1. If you’ve been taking NSAIDs for some time, make sure that you get your liver enzymes checked. Stomach ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning.
  2. There’s little evidence that NSAIDs will protect against heart attack and stroke, but if you take aspirin the risk of gastric bleeding may increase.
  3. Did you know that NSAIDs may protect you from some cancers such as melanoma, lung cancer and colon cancer?  Don’t take these drugs as a preventive treatment without your doctor’s approval though.
  4. Sometimes, these drugs upset the stomach and doctors may advise to take them with Zantac or Nexium. A general recommendation is to take the pill with water and food and to avoid alcohol.
  5. Tylenol (acetaminaphonen) is not an NSAIDs so it’s an option for pain relief but not to decrease inflammation.

Did you know? 

  1. Having osteoarthritis is not a mere pain problem. Men with OA in as little as one finger joint were 42 percent (and women 26 percent) more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who didn’t have OA. Exercising, eating healthy, controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and staying away from cigarettes are all factors that contribute to decreasing the risk.
  2. If you had rotator cuff surgery and haven’t seen improvements yet, don’t give up yet. A new study shows that recovery can continue for several years after the surgery.  In a year, 64.3 percent of the patients had healed, while over five years the percentage increased to 81.2 percent.
  3. If you have flat feet, you may consider arch supports or custom orthotics. A new study shows that flat feet put people at higher risk for knee pain and cartilage damage, in fact, twice as likely to have pain and damage in the joint.
  4. Wonder which key nutrients do you need now? 
  • Younger than 30: Calcium and vitamin D
  • 30-50: Iron is a concern, especially for people with arthritis but don’t pop in a supplement yet since this must be taken under medical supervision. However, increase its natural sources eating more lean meat, beans and fortified cereal. Add some food sources of vitamin C to increase absorption such as tomatoes and broccoli.
  • 50-70: Omega-3 fatty acids
  • 70+: Calcium and Vitamin D.