Osteoarthritis is a Metabolic Issue

There has been a recent paradigm shift in the osteoarthritis research.  

Evidence is showing that osteoarthritis is strongly associated with metabolic disorder.  

In other words, it’s a systemic inflammatory condition. Not just wear and tear.  

In this study of >7,000 subjects they found: 

"Metabolic syndrome was prevalent in 59% of the OA population and 23% of the population without OA. Each of the 5 cardiovascular risk factors that comprise MetS was more prevalent in the OA population versus the population without OA: hypertension (75% vs 38%), abdominal obesity (63% vs 38%), hyperglycemia (30% vs 13%), elevated triglycerides (47% vs 32%), and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (44% vs 38%). Metabolic syndrome was more prevalent in subjects with OA regardless of sex or race. The association between OA and MetS was greater in younger subjects and diminished with increasing age. Having OA at age 43.8 years (mean age of the general population) was associated with a 5.26-fold (SE = 1.58, P <0.001) increased risk of MetS. This association remained strong when obesity was controlled for in additional regression models. Conclusions: Osteoarthritis is associated with an increased prevalence of MetS, particularly in younger individuals."

So if all your joints hurt, it's not just a part of aging. It's likely a lifestyle problem.  

Diet, sleep, stress, and other lifestyle factors directly influence our movement health.