Do You Know What Causes Arthritis?
Chris Regal | March 30, 2012
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Women and girls have a higher risk of developing arthritis.
Nearly two thirds of all Americans with some form of arthritis are female. Women represent 74 percent of all cases of osteoarthritis alone.
Osteoarthritis may run in families.
A certain gene mutation may cause joints to produce defective collagen, a protein in cartilage, which may weaken cartilage and cause it to break down in the joints.
Osteoarthritis is more common in older people than younger people.
The answer is: true. But old age DOES NOT cause osteoarthritis, nor is osteoarthritis an inevitable result of aging. Studies show that osteoarthritis can be prevented.
Thinner people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than heavier people.
Extra weight stresses the joints. In fact, every extra pound of weight you put on adds four to eight more pounds of stress to your knees and hips, the body's load-bearing joints.
"Double-jointed" people or people with looser joints are less likely to develop osteoarthritis.
When the bones of a joint are not tightly bound, they may bang together and damage cartilage, which often causes pain and early morning stiffness.
Your job may increase your risk of osteoarthritis.
Constantly bending your knees - such as miners, dockworkers or some construction workers may do - is more likely to cause osteoarthritis to develop.
Less exercise and more rest may protect joints from osteoarthritis.
Inactivity increases the risk of osteoarthritis by leading to weight gain, muscle atrophy and failure to produce new, healthy cartilage.
Sports-related injuries and other joint injuries can lead to osteoarthritis.
Anyone who suffers injury to any part of their joints may develop osteoarthritis later on, even young adults and teens.