A major injury or operation on a joint increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis at that joint. While normal physical activity and exercise are good for joints, hard, repetitive activity may injure joints. Diseases that involve abnormalities of joints also can lead to osteoarthritis in later.
Here are some things that can help prevent osteoarthritis: Weight control: Reducing body weight can reduce the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis by about 20% in men and by more than 30% in women. In patients who already have knee osteoarthritis, weight loss reduces the risk that the disease..
Finding the right doctor or specialist to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia is an important first step in finding an effective medication treatment plan. The second step is for the patient to develop a close relationship with his doctor. The doctor should have experience working with fibromyalgia p...
For folks with fibromyalgia, falling asleep, staying asleep and sleeping deeply can be a struggle. So much so that quality sleep is more the exception than the rule. Sleep disorders like restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea are more common in people with fibromyalgia. Take the RealAge Test!
Working closely with a physical therapist may help prevent the aggravation of fibromyalgia symptoms. This is especially true if the patient has other physical conditions or injuries to work around. Some studies suggest that physical therapy helps improve flexibility and range of motion, emotional...
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sometimes accompanies fibromyalgia. If patients have frequent gastric upset–such as constipation, diarrhea, painful gas or abdominal bloating–they should ask their physician whether they could be suffering from IBS. They should also learn to avoid the foods and habits.
Meditation, relaxation therapy, biofeedback, guided imagery, and other forms of stress reduction, such as yoga, may help reduce menopausal symptoms for many women. Some studies have shown promising results for meditation, yoga and tai chi to help with sleep problems, mood problems, stress, pain and.
Just as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can trigger chocolate cravings and crankiness, fluctuating hormone levels can cause emotional symptoms, too. Sadness, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, and aggressiveness are some of the feelings that can crop up along your journey. While most women go through me...
Cutting back on sugary desserts, candy, fructose-sweetened beverages and even simple carbohydrates (like refined pasta, bread and white rice) may not affect patients' fibromyalgia for better or for worse. But it might help them sidestep hypoglycemia -- a fatigue-inducing dip in blood sugar that can.
Biological therapy (also known as biotherapy or immunotherapy) uses the body's own immune system to fight off cancer cells and/or to help reduce side effects from other types of cancer treatments. Among the types of biological therapy are: Monoclonal antibodies: Antibodies targeted toward specific
Digital rectal examination, measurement of serum tumor markers, and transrectal ultrasound scanning are used to screen for prostate cancer. The accuracy of test results is confirmed if microscopic examination of tissue obtained by biopsy or surgery indicates malignant disease in the samples. Digita
Side effects of biological therapy (also known as biotherapy or immunotherapy) for cancer can vary among the different types of therapy used (cytokines, monoclonal antibodies, etc.) and from person to person. Some people may experience pain, itchiness and rashes and swelling around the injection...
Given the blood sugar, cholesterol and appetite-controlling effects of fiber, who wouldn't sing its praises? And there may be another verse in praise of fiber, written specially for women. Dietary fiber may help reduce the risk of the most common female reproductive cancer. One review of scientific
The next time you order up a quesadilla, burrito, or tamale, don't forget to add a side of rice and beans -- your colon will thank you for indulging in these delicious high-fiber foods. Turns out that simply eating beans three times a week, and brown rice once a week, could help prevent colon cance
The bright green avocados that make up guacamole are not only low in saturated fat and sodium, but also loaded with nutrients that may protect against breast, oral, and colorectal cancers. A review of several studies shows that compounds in avocados may inhibit the growth of -- or even kill -- cert