Is degenerative joint disease hereditary or caused by life choices? How can I prevent further damage?

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, and they often find it difficult to get any pain relief. Degenerative joint disease is a common type of arthritis that affects the cartilage in the joints, and is common among the older population. But is degenerative joint disease hereditary, or is it caused by life choices? If you already have the disease, how can you prevent further damage?

What is degenerative joint disease?
Degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis occurs because of the wear and tear on the cartilage. Cartilage is the spongy tissue that is found at the end of the bones in the joints. It acts as a shock absorber when there is physical movement, and also enables the bones to glide over each other and avoid friction.

Is degenerative joint disease hereditary?
There are certain risk factors for osteoarthritis, but it is not considered a hereditary disease. Obese individuals are at greater risk for developing degenerative joint disease, because of the strain the excess weight puts on the joints. People, (especially athletes) who suffer injuries near the joint, are also susceptible to osteoarthritis.

It is also important to make wise lifestyle choices in order to maintain bone health, and avoid osteoarthritis. This includes getting regular exercise, and eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.

How to prevent further damage
You can prevent the pain and other symptoms of degenerative joint disease from getting worse, by paying attention to your body, and taking care in order to avoid surgery (learn more). Exercise is always recommended, and there are also therapeutic products from Posture Pump that can help to ease joint pain, and provide the necessary lubrication the joints need for improved function.

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