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Osteoarthritis – a disjointed disease

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of all arthritis diseases. It’s painful, limits joint motion, and causes swelling.
Overall, it’s the progressive and gradual breakdown of our joints until we are  left with bones rubbing directly on bones. It increases with age and being overweight. 
The best treatment is early intervention, before significant structural changes to the joint occur. And early intervention means we need early detection.
The simplest early predictor is the every day bathroom scale. Ensuring the maintenance of a healthy body weight reduces the risk for osteoarthritis. 
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It’s about more than just the total body weight. There are specific compounds called adipokines that are produced by fat cells which have been implicated in the progression of osteoarthritis.
These compounds accelerate tissue cell death and inhibit new cell formation in our joints. 
There are many dietary supplements used by people with osteoarthritis. One of these is glucosamine and chondroitin.
Studies show these have a little effect on the symptoms or the joint damage of osteoarthritis, but is generally safe to take. 
DMSO and MSM (dimethyl sulfoxide and methylsulfonylmethane) have also been used but there is not strong evidence that these help improve osteoarthritis symptoms. 
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SAM-e (S-Adenosyl L-methionine) is a compound that’s naturally produced by our bodies, is generally safe to take as a supplement, but does not have evidence of improving osteoarthritis in the knee or hip. 
Avocado and soybean unsaponifiables are made from avocado oil and soy bean oil extract. This mixture contains many compounds including fat soluble vitamins, sterols, and fatty acids...
And possess joint protective, joint building, and anti-joint breakdown properties. It’s been shown to increase new collagen synthesis and inhibit the breakdown of existing collagen. 
Avocado soybean unsaponifiables can improve major symptoms of osteoarthritis - pain and mobility.
But obesity may inhibit these beneficial effects.