Remaining Debates on Osteoarthrosis Prevention
Osteoarthritis is a common and disabling condition associated with several important negative health outcomes. Whilst its importance in terms of disability, poor quality of life, and economic costs is consolidated, the knowledge regarding effective preventive strategies for this condition is still limited. In this chapter, we summarize the current evidence regarding the potential risk factors for osteoarthritis and the literature regarding the most common preventive interventions, such as losing weight, promoting physical exercise, and quitting smoking. Whilst we have a consolidated literature regarding the positive effect of these interventions in preventing other medical conditions typical of older persons, the effect of the strategies on osteoarthritis remains still unclear, suggesting that further literature is needed.
KeywordsOsteoarthritis Prevention Obesity Smoking Physical activity Disability
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