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Myths about arthritis - Busted

Don’t let arthritis keep you from leading an active, healthy and wholesome life. What makes the condition worse is the rampant belief in some baseless, illogical myths that restrain you further from living a healthy, happy life. These myths can cause frustration and could even put your health in danger. Which is why today we bust some of the most popular myths about arthritis so that you can be liberated from the misinformation and lead your life happily, even if you suffer from the condition of arthritis.

Myth # 1: Arthritis is not that common a disease It is one of the most common conditions affecting people all around the world, more so in India. As you get older, more and more people suffer from one kind of arthritis or another. So you can probably take solace in the fact that you are not one a very few number of people affected by the disease, and also that since it is a very common condition, there is enough information about it that is known to doctors, and hence, it is very likely that your particular type of arthritis is probably known and treatments are easily available for the same.

Myth # 2: You cannot exercise if you suffer from arthritis This is, in fact, contrary to the truth. If you suffer from arthritis, you are probably well off exercising your joints, rather than staying away from it. It is more important for you to stay active and moving in order to stay healthy. Exercising can actually help you improve the flexibility and strength of your joints, as well as improve your balance and the range of your motion.

Myth # 3: Your diet has nothing to do with arthritis Although it is not that eating a certain kind of food will help you get rid of the condition, having a healthy diet plays a very crucial role in managing arthritis. Foods such as lean meats, olive oil, fish, fruits and vegetables etc. that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to be very helpful in managing the condition of arthritis and making you more healthy and comfortable.

Myth # 4: Arthritis can be cured by consuming anti-inflammatory spices There is no real measure of the extent to which consuming anti inflammatory food like turmeric, ginger and other spices help in curing arthritis. Although such food items have anti inflammatory properties, we do not have a lot of data to back the assumption that they help in curing arthritis. So, the next time you want some relief from the pain, take ibuprofen instead.

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