Joint Health – Use Them, or Lose Them

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Joint Health – Use Them, or Lose Them

There is something else you can do in addition to utilizing targeted nutrition to help your joints last as long as possible – exercise! Two recently published human studies have confirmed the roles of physical activity in joint health. A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that if you don’t use your joints, their cartilage covering tends to thin out.20 A second study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism showed that moderate exercise increases the thickness of joint cartilage and improves joint performance.21

A combination of healthy dietary choices, supplemental nutrients, and exercise can lead to beneficial effects in terms of your ability to maintain optimal joint structure and integrity.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Healthy Habits – Developing a Plan that Fits Your Needs

References:
20. Eckstein F, Lemberger B, Gratzke C, Hudelmaier M, Glaser C, Englmeier KH, Reiser M. In vivo cartilage deformation after different types of activity and its dependence on physical training status. Ann Rheum Dis 2005;64:291-295.
21. Roos EM, Dahlberg L. Positive effects of moderate exercise on glycosaminoglycan content in knee cartilage: A four-month, randomized, controlled trial in patients at risk of osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2005;52:3507-3514.