Did you know that arthritis is often not just a few minor aches and pains? Did you know that it is not a disease that just affects the older population? Did you know it can affect every race and gender? Did you know that for every pound of body weight you gain, your knees gain 4 pounds of added stress?
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and is actually a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. It strikes more than 50 million Americans (young AND old) and is often misunderstood. It is discouraging to think that the 20 year prediction is that the number of people with arthritis will see a tremendous rise and by 2030 possibly an estimated 67 million Americans will have some form of arthritis...that is unless the trend is reversed and we take action now!
EXERCISE is a valuable tool in the fight against arthritis. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there is strong evidence that both endurance and resistance types of exercise provide considerable disease-specific benefits for people with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatic conditions. In addition, the Arthritis Foundation states "A growing body of research indicates that exercise, weight management and the avoidance of joint injury can go a long way in helping prevent OA.....and every ONE pound of weight loss results in FOUR pounds of pressure taken off EACH knee!"
To learn more about arthritis, how to manage and live with the disease, juvenile arthritis, best ways to exercise if you have arthritis, and more, please visit the Arthritis Foundation website: www.arthritis.org