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

A few good guesses…

The Harvard researchers who made this fascinating discovery are working to figure out why there’s more osteoarthritis today than there was 80 or so years ago.

It will be interesting to see what they find out. But it will take them a while. And, since osteoarthritis is so prevalent, it’s in your best interest to start preventing it now.

And don’t wait… if you see any of these symptoms, your joints are in danger:

  • Limited range of motion or stiffness that doesn’t go away
  • Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends
  • Mild swelling around a joint
  • Pain that worsens with activity

Luckily, recent research implicates a few culprits that could be behind this modern surge in stiff, achy joints. Be on the lookout for these three, starting with…

Read: The real reason your joints hurt


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.