It’s unavoidable… as you keep adding years to your life, your body just isn’t the same anymore… You step off a curb… or kneel to pick something up… and CRUNCH! And if your knees aren’t crunching, they might be snapping, crackling, or popping.
Now, according to a recent study that followed nearly 3500 elderly patients, the crunching, cracking and popping sounds around joints may predict arthritis.
Snap. Crackle. Pop!
In this latest study, researchers analysed the pain, stiffness, noises, and grating sensations (“crepitus”) of participants, all between 50 and 70 years old.
The study was conducted over a period of 3 years. Once a year, the team also ordered X-rays to look for signs of arthritis. By the end of the study, the participants who reported they always had crepitus were three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who never had it. Even those with crepitus “sometimes” or “often” had roughly double the risk.
But that’s not the whole story – because there was a 50 per cent higher risk of developing arthritis even among those who said they only felt those sensations along with the sounds “rarely.” It doesn’t matter if you can hear but not feel your knees going south. The noise is a warning sign that the cushiony cartilage in your joints is breaking down.
The important thing is that once you start to hear those pops and cracks, you need to take action and stop the damage before it leads to arthritis.
If you already feel the pain, you can help slow or possibly even reverse the problem by giving your knees what they need by taking a combo of glucosamine and chondroitin.
They’re not suitable for vegetarians or vegans – as glucosamine comes from the shells of shellfish, and chondroitin comes from cartilage found in cows, pigs, sharks, and other animals – but I don’t recommend you give up animal products if you want to stay healthy and live better, anyway!
Each of these natural ingredients can act as a natural shock absorber – but when taken together, they’re even better at supporting and protecting your joints from the wear and tear that naturally occurs as we get older.
You can find glucosamine and chondroitin supplements pretty affordably online or at your local health food store.
One word of caution on glucosamine though – it can increase blood sugar in some people, so consult your doctor if you’re diabetic.
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Cracking, popping joints may foretell arthritis, medscape.com/viewarticle/879892