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Age, Overweight Increase Risks – Expert

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1 Age, Overweight Increase Risks – Expert on Sun May 20, 2018 9:36 am


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that arthritis is an
inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness
that can worsen with age.
Dr Nnenna Okafor, Senior Registrar, Department of Family
Medicine, National Hospital, Abuja, said on Wednesday that the
risk of developing most type of arthritis increase with old age
and overweight.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that arthritis is an
inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness
that can worsen with age.
Okafor told NAN in Abuja that old age predisposes one to
develop most types of arthritis.
She added that overweight could also contribute to both the
beginning and progression of knee osteoarthritis.
“Arthritis is more common among adults aged 60 years or older;
though it affects people of all ages including children.
“Excessive overweight increases the risk of arthritis. We must
avoid diets that will lead to obesity; eat more of fruits,
vegetables, lean meat and low calories diet to maintain healthy
weight,” she advised.
Okafor also said early signs associated with arthritis include
pain and stiffness of the ankle, knee, shoulders and feet.
“Others include limited function of joint, swelling and redness
of the joint, ’’ the expert said.
According to her, there are different types of arthritis ranging
from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint
disease), gout arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and septic
Okafor said that risk factors associated with arthritis were age
related changes, bad posture, obesity, infections, occupation,
joint injury and genetic makeup.
“Age related changes, certain jobs that involve repetitive knee
bending, squatting and obesity can increase the risk of
“Infections such as microbial agents can infect joints and
trigger the development of various forms of arthritis, ” she said.
Okafor warned that arthritis could cause a range of symptoms
and also impair ability to perform daily tasks.
She said that a range of medications and strategies could go a
long way to reduce the pain and protect the joints from further
The expert further advised arthritis patients to engage in a
regular exercise in order to maintain overall health

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