BREAK­ING NEWS FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS SUF­FER­ERS

Prevention (Australia) - - Health -

Gone are the days of call­ing osteoarthritis a ‘wear and tear’ con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to lead­ing Australian and UK re­searchers. “This is an in­cor­rect term,” says Milena Simic, se­nior lec­turer in phys­io­ther­apy at The University of Syd­ney. “The more we ‘wear’ our joints doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily lead to more ‘tear­ing’. And not every­body gets worse.”

“For too long it has been as­sumed that osteoarthritis is part and par­cel of get­ting older, how­ever, this is not the case,” adds Ali Mobash­eri, professor of mus­cu­loskele­tal phys­i­ol­ogy at University of Sur­rey in the UK. “What we have learnt is that we can con­trol and pre­vent the on­set of this painful con­di­tion.”

The team led by Mobash­eri found that poor diet and a seden­tary life­style cause ‘ge­netic re­pro­gram­ming’, driv­ing cells to over­pro­duce glu­cose, which con­verts into lac­tic acid, trig­ger­ing in­flam­ma­tion. The cando so­lu­tion? A healthy diet, com­bined with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

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