How to Reduce the Risk of Osteoarthritis


1.Keep to a Healthy Weight

Extra pounds stress your joints and can wear away the soft cartilage at the ends of your bones more easily. Drop just 10 pounds, and you could take as much as 40 pounds of force off your knees. That’s a lot less wear and tear, especially over time. And extra fat on your body may release chemicals that can inflame joints, which also can lead to osteoarthritis. Talk to your doctor about the right weight range for your size.


2.Control Your Blood Sugar

High glucose (blood sugar) levels, which happen with diabetes, can form molecules that stiffen and weaken your cartilage. This leads it to break down more easily under stress. Diabetes may also trigger inflammation throughout the body, which can damage cartilage. Follow your doctor’s advice on how to keep your diabetes in check.