WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is inflammation in one or more of your joints that results in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint(s). If left unchecked, arthritis typically worsen with age.
The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA) is often referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis and is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects only the joints; it does not affect internal organs like some other forms of arthritis. OA generally occurs in the hands, feet, knees, hips, & spine.
Athletes who sustain repeated injury to a joint (e.g. runners – knees) often develop arthritis in that joint. It is also the degenerative form of arthritis meaning that OA occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older (age-related) as our bodies begin to degenerate.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA), on the other hand, is a long-term disease that leads to painful inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues; it can also affect other organs. Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of your joints and causes painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
RA is an autoimmune disease. RA occurs when your immune system is “out-of whack” and misguidedly attacks your own tissues causing joint problems primarily in the tiny joints of the hands and feet. If left unchecked, RA can affect other organs of the body such as the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels. RA is more common in women and usually occurs after the age of 40.
ATTEND MY LECTURE ON HOW TO PREVENT ARTHRITIS AND LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS DISEASE – AND YOUR ROLE IN ITS PREVENTION.
At my lecture, you will learn all about arthritis:
- Causes and predisposing factors
- Symptoms associated with the disease
- How arthritis is detected and diagnosed?
- Some of the serious health conditions associated with the disease
- How it can be prevented
- Current research on the topic
- Role of nutrition and exercise role on arthritis
- Nutrients that help prevent and impact this disease
AND OF COURSE, A FOOD AND WINE PAIRING, featuring the foods that help support and prevent arthritis