One of the more common questions I am asked is if a patient's arthritis will ever get better. When told that osteoarthritis is causing their pain, some patients get despondent and say something like, "Oh, I was afraid of that. I guess that's just part of getting older. It can't get better, right? I mean, even if we treat the symptoms, the arthritis won't go away."
This is one of the challenging aspects of treating patients with osteoarthritis. In addition to convincing them that the symptoms can be treated, I also want people to understand that it is not typically necessary to treat the bony anatomy in osteoarthritis. As long as the inflammation is treated, and as long as the muscles are stretched and strengthened appropriately around the joints, the symptoms need never recur even though it is true that the bony anatomy will likely remain unchanged.
I’ve seen Dr. Oz weigh in on a variety of topics related to heart disease. It’s clear that he believes lifestyle choices have a dramatic impact on the risk for heart disease, and he implicates trans fat and saturated fat, but also a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates as big contributors to the likelihood of one developing heart issues (and other conditions driven by inflammation). He also implicates persistent stress, behaviors that increase inflammation in an individual’s body, and excess weight, especially abdominal weight. In fact, though any excess weight is bad for health, it is still a prominent theory that abdominal fat and “visceral fat that is internal and not visible” contribute to risk for heart disease, as well as diabetes and cancers. More recently, inflammation has drawn significant attention from the cardiac community because of its believed contribution to heart disease.
Inflammation is th...
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