Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the protective lining of the joints and is an autoimmune disease that can cause cartilage and bone to break down in the body, resulting in pain, redness, and swelling, etc. Researchers don’t know what exactly the causes of RA to occur are. Many current theories say that a combination of environmental factors and genetics may increase the risk of RA. Here are some of the preventive measures you can take to avoid arthritis.
According to the studies and researches, smoking significantly increases your risk for RA and a history of smoking is associated with 1.3 to 2.4 times increased risk. It is the one risk factor that can be in your control. Quitting smoking will reduce your chances of getting RA to a great extent.
Lose Extra Weight
Those who are overweight are at higher risk of developing RA. According to the studies, women who are diagnosed with RA at age 55 or younger are more likely to be overweight. To reduce the risk of getting RA, take steps toward maintaining a healthier weight.
Make an appointment with your primary care doctor
Ask your doctor about your concerns with you adopting exercise programs or if they have a recommended diet given your overall health.
Set a Reasonable Weight Loss Goal
A safe and reasonable goal of weight loss would be to lose between 1 and 1.5 pounds per week.
Practice Healthier Eating Habits
Emphasize healthy choices like vegetables, whole grains, and fruits in your diet. Choose lean proteins like turkey, fish and skinless chicken whenever possible. You should avoid foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Choose a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training that can help reduce bone loss, which is a potentially serious side effect of RA. Adding a stretching routine can also help to reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Limit Exposure to Environmental Pollutants
Researches and studies have shown that exposure to some major environmental pollutants earlier in life may increase arthritis risk. While you may not always be able to avoid exposure to environmental irritants, avoid asbestos and/or silica whenever possible. Be sure to wear proper safety gear at all times if you work with hazardous chemicals.