Study Reveals Low Prevalence Of Arthritis Among Runners

30 Sep

Orlando, FL — September 30, 2015 — Wear and tear in the joints is believed to not just come with age, but to also occur more frequently among individuals who are engaged in intense physical activities such as running. Knee osteoarthritis is believed to be prevalent among individuals who engage in activities that strain the knees. However, the findings of research demonstrate otherwise.

A study reveals a low prevalence of arthritis among runners. According to the research presented in the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, the activity may even help prevent the condition.

In research conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, the scientists analyzed data involving 2,683 subjects in the Osteoarthritis Initiative, which is a long-term study. There were four stages of life involved in the study, namely ages 12 to 18, 19 to 34, 35 to 49, and 50 and older.

Participants who declared that running was one of their activities during any of the periods were classified as runners at that time of their lives. Some x-ray information was also taken. It was found that only 22.8 percent of individuals who had been runners at a certain stage had knee osteoarthritis. Among individuals who had never been runners, there were 29.8 percent who had the condition.

What makes the findings of the research even more interesting is that the average age of the subjects in the research was 64.7. According to the researchers, running at some point in life doesn’t appear detrimental to joint health. It can even be protective to the development of knee osteoarthritis.

The findings of the study are contrary to the belief that regular running can eventually lead to knee damage. According to researchers, it could be that since runners typically have an average lower body mass index, this may place less pressure or strain on their knees.

There are natural supplements believed to be helpful for beating arthritis, and one is glucosamine. This naturally occurring substance is believed to be one of the building blocks of the cartilage. Aging can cause a reduction in the glucosamine levels inside the body, and this encourages cartilage damage.

When the cartilage is damaged, it can result in osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. It is believed that intake of the supplement can significantly replenish the glucosamine loss inside the body. Glucosamine is widely believed to help repair damaged cartilage and promote joint health (
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