6 arthritis tips from the NewsHour Twitter chat

On Thursday, Jan. 16,  I hosted a Twitter chat on arthritis for PBS NewsHour in partnership with the Mayo Clinic,NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin DiseasesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention,American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation and the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation.

Did you know that there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis? Or that arthritis disproportionately affects women and ethnic minorities? Or that it’s estimated that by 2030 there will be an estimated 67 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis? Those were just a few of the many facts we learned during the chat. Some of the most useful things shared during the chat were on risk factors and dealing with arthritis. Here are 6 tips from the NewsHour Twitter Chat.

1. Earlier is Better: While there are no cures for most types of arthritis an early diagnosis and management are treatment.



2. Risk Factors: Genetics are a big factor and whether or not you will get a type of arthritis but you can reduce the risks by maintain a healthy weight, exercising and not smoking.



3. Get moving: Exercise can help lower your risk of arthritis and appropriate exercise can keep your joints from getting stiff even after you have arthritis.


4. Food matters: While your diet can prevent you from getting arthritis or flare-ups it can lower the risk.


5. Relieving Pain: The same things that can lower your risk factor can help you relive pain if you have arthritis.

6. Get Help: There are a ton of resources for arthritis patients.


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