8 Common Misconceptions About Arthritis

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Arthritis Is a Natural Part of Aging

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2. Arthritis Is a Natural Part of Aging

Although arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions in the world, it isn’t an inevitability. While joints will probably experience some wear and tear over the years, making changes to improve your joint health now can make for an arthritis-free future.

Genetics have a role to play in your chances of developing arthritis (especially forms like RA and psoriatic arthritis), but your lifestyle choices have at least as much influence as your family history. Being overweight stresses the joints a lot, as will a job or hobby that involves repetitive movements. It follows that maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding repetitive strain will protect your joints and lower your arthritis risk.

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