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How can you reduce your chances of getting arthritis and strengthen your joints?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Great question...: The most common cause of arthritis is a genetic predisposition. Trauma can also play a role. There is also limited evidence that vitamin d may delay onset of arthritis. If you are genetically programmed to develop arthritis there may not be anything to prevent it. Stay active, stay limber and get your vitamin d above 50.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Preventing Arthritis: We know that joint trauma, aging, obesity are factors that promote the osteoarthritic form of arthritis, sometimes as early as the thirties. Protecting your joints by choosing healthier exercises patterns when younger, continuing to exercise with your joints mildly (proven to help), keeping your weight down to normal, all help.
Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 23 years experience
Nothing Yet: There is nothing we know of that will prevent the onset of arthritis. There is a lot of research being done but nothing that has great promise as of yet.

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