Fred and Kristen Adelman, The Rising Rate of Arthritis Causes Concern in the Athletic and Sports Community

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Fred and Kristen Adelman, The Rising Rate of Arthritis Causes Concern in the
Athletic and Sports Community

Farmingdale, NY (PRWEB) October 21, 2006 -- A Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of
October 13, 2006 reveals that arthritis is on the rise in the U.S. and
predicts that the trend will continue.

Data from the National Health Interview Survey (2003-2005), on which the
CDC's report was based, indicate that 21.6% of the adult population of the
U.S. (46.4 million people) report being told by a doctor or other health
care professional that they have arthritis. In addition, 8.3% of the
population (17.4 million people) reported limitations in their usual
activities, which they attribute to arthritis. And these numbers represent a
trend that shows no sign of slowing =97- the CDC predicts that arthritis wi=
affect 67 million adults in the United States by 2030.

In addition to the general wear-and-tear on joints that occurs with aging,
sports-related injuries are one of the primary risk factors for developing
osteoarthritis. Athletes are at risk not only because of injuries sustained,
but also due to the demands their workouts and activities place on their
joints. And the risk of sports-related injury is compounded for individuals
who alternate weekends of sporting activity with a sedentary lifestyle
during the work week.

Arthritis experts everywhere agree=97continuing activity is one of the best
defenses against arthritis. But what can athletes do to maintain their
activities and prevent or forestall arthritis=97and deal with its symptoms,
should they occur? The answer may lie in the use of nutritional supplements.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, science is finding increasing
evidence of the therapeutic potential of dietary supplements. In his
best-selling book The Arthritis Cure, for example, Dr. Jason Theodosakis
states that ". . . osteoarthritis can actually be stopped in its tracks or
reversed by using glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates." Several other
supplements have also demonstrated potential benefits.

=95 Glucosamine =96 Human studies and animal experiments have pointed to the
benefit of glucosamine in treating osteoarthritis in various joints, and
particularly in knees. Glucosamine may be used alone or in combination with
=95 Chondroitin - Scientific evidence points to chondroitin's potential to
alleviate symptoms and arrest (or possibly reverse) the degenerative process
of osteoarthritis.
=95 MSM =96 Clinical research has demonstrated MSM's effectiveness in
alleviating pain and supporting a normal range of motion. MSM may be used
alone or in combination with other supplements, such as glucosamine and
=95 Calcium =96 Calcium is essential for overall bone health. The US Recomm=
Daily Allowance (RDA) is between 800 and 1200 mg/day, yet the average adult
consumes only about 550 milligrams of dietary calcium daily.
=95 Magnesium =96 Studies suggest that magnesium may increase bone density.=
body requires magnesium for optimal calcium absorption; in fact, excessive
calcium intake combined with insufficient magnesium can cause more problems
than insufficient calcium alone. Supplemental magnesium can help solve the
problem of calcium deficiency.
=95 Niacinamide =96 While continued research is required, preliminary human
studies suggest that niacinamide, a B vitamin, may be effective in the
treatment of osteoarthritis.
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