3 reasons your arthritis risk is higher than grandma’s was [slideshow]

3 reasons your arthritis risk is higher than grandma’s wasIf you think stiff, painful joints are an inevitable part of aging, I have news for you…

They’re not.

In fact, a recent Harvard study shows that people today are more than twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis (the most common cause of age-related joint problems) than people before World War II.

That means something in our modern lifestyle is making older adults more arthritic…

At first, you may guess it’s because people are living longer. Or because more people are overweight. But it’s neither of those things…

In fact, researchers found that people before WWII still had a significantly lower chance of developing osteoarthritis even when compared with people of the same age and weight today.

So what could it be?


Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.