Osteoarthritis is characterized as a chronic condition, whereby cartilage tissue that cushions joints breaks down, causing stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement. It is a gradually occurring condition that is often perceived by patients as a nuisance and a normal symptom of aging, until the stiffness and pain become too painful to ignore. No other conditions leads to great immobility after age 65 than OA, however the joint-space narrowing may have started 20 years earlier. There is a crucial need to establish effective protocols to reduce joint damage progression at an earlier stage than when symptoms present themselves. This white paper, sponsored by Designs For Health, reviews the research on managing the metabolic processes for OA.
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