Could you be at risk?

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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. 

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and the Exilarch Foundation

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