Arthritis: treat it on time Arthritis: treat it on time

Arthritis: treat it on time

Prevention 1 August, 2016 Ana María López de Mesa

Rheumatoid arthritis is when the immune system begins to attack itself because it does not recognize certain cells located in the joints. While this disease cannot be prevented, it can be diagnosed and treated when caught on time.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in the United States, some of the ailments that lead to serious, long-term arthritis include arteriosclerosis, lesions along the spine and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

With early treatment it is actually possible to inhibit the course of the disease, controlling its effects on the body. The later the treatment, however, the more difficult it is to find a solution to or stop the condition from progressing.

Detect the symptoms of arthritis:

● Pain, swelling and stiffness in foot, shoulder and elbow joints
● Symptoms are strong in the morning and lessen throughout the day

Practicing healthy habits makes it possible for the impact of this disease to be reduced: maintain a balanced diet, reduce stress, and avoid long periods of physical activity by finding a proper balance between rest and exercise.

For every man that suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, there are three women who suffer from it. This disease occurs more frequently among individuals between 35 and 45 years old.