Prevent Arthritis in 7 Simple Ways

Prevent Arthritis in Seniors

Taking action with these 7 steps can help prevent arthritis according to sources at AARP.

Enjoy a Cocktail: Women who consumed more than three alcoholic drinks a week over a 10-year period reduced their risk of rheumatoid arthritis by about half, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. It doesn’t matter what you drink: Beer, wine and liquor yielded the same results.

Eat Cherries: Eating cherries, which contain powerful antioxidants with pain-fighting properties called anthocyanins, can lower gout attack risk. Study participants who ate 10 to 12 cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent lower risk of flare-ups, the journal

Avoid Soda: Sugary soft drinks contribute to weight gain and the progression of knee osteoarthritis, especially in men who drink more than five sodas a week, according to a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

Eat Red Meat Sparingly: Eating foods high in purines — a compound found in protein-rich foods such as red meat, oily fish and even certain vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, beans) — can make gout flare-ups almost five times more likely than if you eat low-purine foods, finds an Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases study.

Get Moving: Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can help prevent some types of arthritis and lessen arthritis pain. Exercise strengthens muscles and joints, maintains flexibility and decreases fall risk.

Other Methods: Acupuncture, tai chi and yoga have been shown to be effective treatments for pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to a study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning complementary or alternative medicine treatment.

Eat Curry: Curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its trademark bright yellow coloring, has anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease arthritis pain, a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found.

For more information on healthy living, visit AARP.org