Arthritis is a chronic degenerative condition characterized by an inflammation of one or
more of your joints. The symptoms vary from person to person, ranging from negligible
pain in the joints, to bone loss and increased risk of fractures. Most types of Arthritis are
accompanied by pain in the joints and with time, tend to restrict mobility and impact
Unknown to most, arthritis is a disease that affects 15 per cent of the Indian population.
So far considered a senior person's disease, it has the young brigade falling prey to it
too. Experts suggest that men and women reach their peak bone mass in their mid to
late 20s. Generally in the mid 30s, bone restoration starts to outpace bone deposition,
resulting in a gradual loss of density. However, this is now quite prevalent even among
young people, who due to erratic working hours suffer from a lack of exposure to
sunlight, resulting in vitamin B12 and D3 deficiencies, thereby affecting bone health.
Other common factors that contribute are genetic predisposition, sedentary lifestyle or
the high intake of alcohol and steroids. Frequent long journeys by flight or car, continuous wearing of high heels, and obesity, result in excessive free radicals (highly
reactive molecules which are agents of tissue damage) leading to recurring stress injury
to the joints.
The increase in the number of the younger generation being diagnosed with joint
troubles is alarming and requires an immediate and urgent call to action. Most people
with arthritis can lead productive lives and stabilize their condition through early
diagnosis, the right medication and a healthy lifestyle.
It’s important to begin adopting small changes that lead to a better lifestyle, getting
regular checkups and the right medication. For well researched, safe and effective
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