The World Bone and Joint Awareness Week, declared by the UN and WHO, begins with the World Arthritis Day on 12 October. This week reminds us of not only bone and joint diseases, but also the importance of prevention and early diagnosis. There are many bone and joint diseases, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and arthritis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bone mass gradually loses calcium and subsequently becomes brittle. The disease develops slowly, inconspicuously, its first symptom is a bone fracture caused by a slight strain. Risk factors include sedentary lifestyle, lack of movement, smoking, inadequate intake of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, higher alcohol consumption, and higher age.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that causes loss of joint cartilage and loss of its elasticity. It manifests itself by redness, stiffness, pain, sensitivity to touch and ‘creaking’ when moving. Occasionally, bone protrusions, called osteophytes, may form at the edges of the joint surfaces and reduce the movement. Osteoarthritis often affects large joints, knees and hips. Osteoarthritis risk factors are excessive joint loading by obesity, movement stereotypes, and higher age.
Arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease in which the immune system cells attack their own tissue. Arthritis can occur at any age. As a rule, small joints symmetrically on both sides of the body are affected by the disease. The joints stiffen and are painful. Gradually, the joints are deformed, larger joints are affected and the ability to move is reduced. The disease can cause permanent disability.
Prevention is the most important
The most important prevention of osteoporosis is regular movement, in addition to adequate intake of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and maintaining normal body weight. Preparations/dietary supplements with glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin that support cartilage regeneration are also important. Omega 3-fatty acids, mainly found in seafood, linseeds, hemp seed, contribute to the prevention of arthritis. Arthrocann COLLAGEN Omega 3-6 Forte is a top nutritional supplement designed for natural care of joints, cartilage, tendons, and articular ligaments. Of course, it also contains other necessary substances such as: hyaluronic acid, certified type I and II collagen, vitamin C and D3, ginger, boswellia and turmeric.
Don’t forget to move!
The most appropriate and natural movement is fast walking. It is also suitable to go swimming or cycling, the most suitable is Nordic walking which significantly increases the effectiveness of walking. Healthy nutrition with enough nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other important substances, adequate regular exercise, keeping normal body weight, enough rest, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis and arthritis.