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Alert! Women Are More Vulnerable To Osteoarthritis, Let's Know the Causes!

 


Have you ever complained of pain in the joints such as hands, knees, hips, and spine? This could be osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints caused by damage to cartilage. This condition causes sufferers to experience pain such as stiffness and pain in the joints. Generally the pain will be felt in certain parts, such as hands, fingers, knees, shoulders, spine, pelvis to knees.


This disease can be suffered by both men and women, but cases are often found in women and aged 50 years and over. However, reported by Women Health, osteoarthritis is now also often affects young women, most often in the knee.


In 2000, more than 53,000 women aged 20 to 39 were diagnosed with osteoarthritis. In 2010, that number has increased to 230 thousand people.


So, what are the causes of osteoarthritis that are prone to attack these women? Come on, see!


Obesity


Quoting from the Arthritis Foundation, being overweight can trigger osteoarthritis more quickly because it adds stress to the joints, especially the knees. This is also because fat cells as a result of obesity can increase inflammation in the joints.


Genetics


Genetic factors can be a factor in the occurrence of osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, people who have a family member with a history of osteoarthritis are more likely to develop this disease in the future.



Daily activities


Quoting from the Twitter account Asa Ibrahim, an orthopedic doctor who is also active in providing education about bone health on Twitter, said that work that involves lifting heavy objects can be a factor in osteoarthritis.


Once or twice is okay, but if the work is heavy, lifting heavy, walking long distances, going back and forth every day, joint damage will occur more quickly. Like a machine that is used continuously with a heavy load, it will be damaged more quickly.


Those are some of the causes that can trigger the occurrence of osteoarthritis. In order to avoid this disease, let's start increasing awareness of health by maintaining weight, exercising, eating healthy, and managing physical activity as well as possible!

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