According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, one in seven Canadians has osteoarthritis. While there is no cure for this degenerative disease, there are ways to manage the symptoms and keep your joints healthy longer.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease and is characterized by the wear and tear of articular cartilage. This disease brings its share of symptoms and evolves over time to sometimes become disabling. Moreover, osteoarthritis alters not only the cartilage but also the entire joint structure, including the ligaments, bones and synovial fluid (the fluid that lubricates the joint).

The consequences of osteoarthritis

The deterioration of the joints caused by osteoarthritis causes inflammation and pain. Other symptoms, such as stiffness or the formation of bone growths, are also common. Unfortunately, these can have important consequences.

“People living with osteoarthritis are in pain, and it affects their quality of life. For example, they may become anxious about leaving the house, because they fear making their pain worse or being limited by it. The result? People affected by osteoarthritis become isolated, and the pandemic has shown us how loneliness is detrimental to physical and, especially, psychological health,” says Dr. Christina Larder, Ph.D., our R&D specialist at Genacol.

Did you know that almost one-third of people diagnosed with osteoarthritis were diagnosed before the age of 45? This statistic, put forward by The Arthritis Society of Canada, shatters the myth that osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects only older people. It also demonstrates the importance of maintaining joint health at all ages.

Solutions exist to relieve osteoarthritis

Adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, among other things, helps relieve the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

“These are classic tips, but eating a balanced diet, staying well hydrated and doing regular, low-impact, condition-specific exercise – such as swimming, walking or yoga – all help to maintain joint health and reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis,” says Dr. Larder.

In addition to the advice mentioned above by our R&D specialist, taking Genacol’s natural products for joint health on a daily basis improves the situation of people suffering from osteoarthritis.

Three clinical studies have shown that Genacol’s AminoLock® Collagen is an effective solution for joint health and pain relief for people suffering from this chronic joint disease.

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