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Your risk of developing osteoarthritis is associated with:
Age – it is more common in people over the age of 40, although it can develop in younger people.Gender – it is twice as common and often more severe in women, when it often starts after the menopause and particularly affects joints in the knees and hands.Injury - injury to, or an operation on, a joint can lead to development of osteoarthritis at that site in later life. Similarly, exercising too soon after an injury increases your risk too.Genetics – osteoarthritis does seem to run in families although no particular genes have been identified.Being overweight – is linked with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. If you have signs of arthritis, being overweight increases the likelihood that the disease will progress.Excessive exercise programmes – if the exercise puts strain on your hip, hand and knee joints and forces them to carry all your weight such as running and weight training. Non weight-bearing exercising such as swimming or cycling better protects your joints.Poor posture – if you sit at a desk all day, you should make sure your chair is at the right height and you have regular breaks and move around.
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