More than one-quarter of adults have arthritisMILA Zed/Shutterstock
Alarmingly, 54 million American adults have arthritis, reports the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. It’s not just one disease either, but rather a constellation of 100 conditions that strike the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, fibromyalgia, lupus, and osteoarthritis are among some of the possible diagnoses for arthritis. Though you can’t always prevent it, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk or lessen symptoms if you have it. Learn the different types of arthritis and how to know if you have them.
Keep your weight in checkOksana Guseva/Shutterstock
The simplest advice remains the best: Eat well and stay active to keep your weight in a healthy place. “Being overweight puts extra strain on weight-bearing joints, like hips and knees,” says Robert Goldfien, MD, chief of rheumatology at Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, CA. Indeed, a 2016 study found that obesity increased the odds of knee osteoarthritis by 4.7-fold compared to people with a healthy weight.