Is osteoarthritis (OA) a disease that only affects the elderly, or is it more of a preconceived notion that is too widespread among the population? To set the record straight, the Genacol team presents some important facts and figures about OA and its prevalence in the Canadian population.
To understand osteoarthritis, you need to know that the ends of the bones, within the cartilage and synovial joints, are covered with a type of tissue called “cartilage”. Cartilage has a smooth, polished surface, which helps bones to glide within the joint. Cartilage also helps cushion and distribute pressure optimally. In the case of osteoarthritis, cartilage deteriorates: it becomes less resistant and may crumble and crack. In addition, bone growths may form where the cartilage is more damaged. The combination of these factors makes joint movement more difficult and painful.
Osteoarthritis most often affects the following joints:
In the majority of cases, pain affects more than one joint. The prevalence of osteoarthritis increases with age, as the body loses its ability to regenerate cartilage. Being overweight is another important risk factor. Joint injuries or repeated pressure on the joints (lifting heavy loads, for example, at work) also increase the risk of OA.
The vast majority of people living with osteoarthritis experience stiffness, joint pain and soreness. This inevitably affects their physical condition and makes it difficult for them to perform certain daily activities and play sports. The pain caused by osteoarthritis can also lead to sleep disturbances and chronic fatigue.
People with osteoarthritis or other chronic pain are also at risk for mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. The joint pain and physical problems caused by osteoarthritis, combined with chronic fatigue, are closely linked to the development of these mental health problems. It is important to note, therefore, that people with OA are at increased risk for additional psychological health challenges.
Since collagen is part of the composition of joint tissues, integrating the intake of supplements into our daily habits supports the body’s capacity to regenerate these tissues and thus prevent their degradation. Therefore, taking collagen supplements is indicated for people who suffer from osteoarthritis to reduce joint pain related to the disease. If you are at risk of suffering from osteoarthritis, it is estimated that supplements can be taken as early as adulthood, well before the symptoms of osteoarthritis appear or a diagnosis is made.
Genacol is known worldwide for our complete line of joint care supplements, which contain our unique and patented collagen hydrolysate, whose effectiveness has been scientifically proven: AminoLock Collagen. With the lowest molecular weight of any collagen supplement on the market, Collagen AminoLock is more easily absorbed by our bodies for increased effects on joint health. Our exclusive ingredient is also combined with other essential elements renowned for their benefits on joint health and to reduce joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.