osteoarthritis

  1. Knee OA? Don’t get on that golf cart

    As you age, your chances of winding up with knee osteoarthritis (OA) are pretty much the flip of a coin.

    HALF of all adults will develop this "wear and tear" kind of arthritis -- and if you've wound up on the unlucky end of this coin toss, you already know how painful it can be.

    When you feel that sting with every step, who could blame you for wanting to take shortcuts from points A to B?

    But you may not be any better off taking a ride than hoofing it on your own two feet.

    Because according to a new study, walking WON'T worsen your knee OA or increase your pain any more than hitching a ride.

    In the study out of Northwestern University, a group of older folks -- some of whom had knee OA -- played two rounds of golf on two different days, one using a golf cart and the other walking the course.

    When researchers compared the participants' pain scores in round one to those in round two, they found no significant difference between how much pain they had walking the course versus riding in the cart.

    That means taking a "load off" in the cart DIDN'T make their golf game any less painful.

    What's more, when the researchers compared the participants' blood markers of stress and inflammation in each round, it turned out that both walking and taking the cart increased these markers by an EQUAL amount.

    Translation: Taking the cart didn't even spare them any extra "wear and tear!"

    Now, you might think that means that riding a golf cart is just as good as strolling your way to the 19th hole… but not so fast.

    Riding the cart offered NO benefits – so walking had the edge over the golf cart.

    When the participants walked the course, they spent more than 60 percent of the round with their heart rates in the "moderate intensity" zone, a measure of how much cardiovascular exercise they were getting.

    In contrast, zipping around in the cart only sent their heart rates into that beneficial zone for 30 percent of the round.

    And walking has a bundle of other benefits that just might improve your condition, because that extra exercise boost that you get from walking isn't just good for your heart... it's also good for your knees.

    Exercise has been shown to decrease inflammation and help you shed pounds -- and we know that both putting out the "flames" and losing weight can significantly lessen your knee OA pain .

    So, when you're teeing up, don’t take the easy way out -- put one foot in front of the other!

    This afternoon, I’ll give you even more reason to keep those legs moving. The benefit may surprise you!

    Keep an eye out.

  2. Spare your knees with this supplement duo

    As we flip the calendar to June, your summer travel plans may already be kicking off.

    And whether you plan to hit the open road or rack up some frequent flyer miles, you'll definitely be adding some "mileage" to your knees along the way.

    Those trusty joints have carried you wherever you've wanted to go in life -- but all that "wear and tear" may have left you with the ache of osteoarthritis.

    The cartilage that cushions your joints breaks down... your bones rub painfully together... and there's a sting in every step.

    But according to a new study, you don't need to pop a bunch of pain pills to get by -- because a supplement duo that's easy to pack in your suitcase can ease osteoarthritis pain naturally.
    Fish oil and vitamin K!

    In the study, UK researchers analyzed nearly 70 studies that examined the link between people's diets and their risk of osteoarthritis.

    And what emerged is that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish and fish oil -- DHA and EPA -- can ease the “ouch” of osteoarthritis.

    The theory is that these fatty acids can tamp down the inflammation in your joints that drives the pain.

    Not only that, but previous studies have shown that omega-3s can actually feed the good bugs in your belly -- and we know that beneficial gut bacteria reduce inflammation throughout your body and can actually help REVERSE the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

    What's more, the study found that vitamin K also significantly eases osteoarthritis misery.

    That's likely because your body NEEDS vitamin K to produce many of the proteins necessary for cartilage growth and repair.

    And when your cartilage is in better shape, there's more cushioning to support your every step.

    Plus, vitamin K and omega-3s don't just benefit your joints. This dynamic supplement duo can also protect your heart from cardiovascular disease and your brain from Alzheimer's.

    So, if the pain of osteoarthritis is bringing you to your knees, try beefing up your intake of these nutrients.

    Both fish oil and vitamin K are widely available in supplement form.

    But since fish oil is a natural blood thinner... and vitamin K encourages normal blood clotting... talk to a doc well-versed in natural medicine about the right dosages for you.

    Or forget about "dosages" entirely and pile your plate with delicious foods rich in these nutrients!

    Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are excellent sources of DHA and EPA.

    And you can enjoy your fresh catch along with a side of leafy greens (like kale and spinach) or cruciferous veggies (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts), which are high in vitamin K.

    I’ll have more on what fish oil can do for you later today.

  3. Save your knees by balancing your gut

    We've known for years that if you're on the heavy side, your risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) is higher than if you're slim. And it makes sense that carrying around excess weight would cause more wear and tear on your knees. But the latest research is blowing that theory right out of the water – because according to a...
  4. Go Paleo instead of going under the knife

    Whether you want to walk the Appalachian Trail or just get from the kitchen to the living room, you can't get from point A to point B without your knees. These trusty joints have helped carry you wherever you've wanted to go in life! And therein lies the problem. Over time, the cartilage in your knees can break down and...
  5. Steroid injections for osteoarthritis may cause bone death

    This arthritis treatment could kill your bones You rely on them to walk... swivel them when taking a golf stroke ... and maybe even shake 'em out on the dance floor. I'm talking about your hips -- and if they don't bother you, you probably don't think much about them as you go about the activities you love. But when...
  6. Strawberries improve knee osteoarthritis

    A "berry" good new year ahead... for your knees! As we prepare to close the book on 2017, I'm sure you're looking back fondly on the memories you've made this year. Maybe you traveled to a bucket-list place... tried something out of your comfort zone... or let the good times roll with friends and family. And as you've beaten new...
  7. High-fiber diets reduce risk of osteoarthritis

    Take the "ouch" out of OA with this simple diet trick Your body is like a classic car: Certain parts break down over time, but you've got to keep driving it if you want it to run smoothly. And your knees are a little like your tires -- because you've got SO MUCH riding on them! They've led you to...
  8. Chondroitin relieves knee osteoarthritis

    In a recent study, chondroitin relieved knee pain from osteoarthritis just as well as Celebrex. Plus, it also did something that no prescription pill can do: It slowed down the loss of cartilage.
  9. Knee replacement is an exercise in agony

    Surveys show nearly all knee replacement patients are at risk of the worst possible post-surgery pain.
  10. How arthritis leads to disability

    Obesity leads to arthritis -- and arthritis leads to disability, leaving more than 22 million Americans crippled, according to new government numbers.

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