Arthritis and Drinking Milk

joint_surgeryFor anyone with a history of joint surgery or pain, the eventuality of arthritis may weigh heavily on your mind. Many preventive actions can be taken to minimize your risk of arthritis, or assist in managing the problem if you are already suffering from the disease. Drinking milk is one of those actions — here’s how it can help you.

Building Bone Density

One benefit of drinking milk is that as you age and start to lose bone mass, taking in plenty of calcium via low-fat or fat-free milk will slow the rate of loss and minimize your risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a problem that may be increased in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and increase your chances of broken bones. We’ve all seen the commercials, but it’s absolutely true that drinking milk at every age helps build and maintain strong, healthy bones.

Prevent Arthritis Progression

Studies have shown that women with arthritis of the knee demonstrate a decreased progression of the problem if they are milk drinkers, and the more milk that was consumed, the better. For men, this effect was noticed when they drank at least one 8 oz. glass of milk everyday.

Preserve Joint Function

Milk is a valuable source of both Vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D builds strength in muscles and also protects the cartilage in your joints. For those with sensitivity to dairy products, fortified soy milk can be an excellent alternative to provide these essential elements. Joints remain strong and comfortable, and the risk of arthritis and the need for joint surgery is diminished.

Not all types of arthritis can be prevented, but it’s smart to take any possible action that may reduce its effects and improve your future lifestyle. Drinking enough milk is one way you can manage your risk through your diet. For more information about diet, exercise, and the lifestyle changes that help arthritis patients, give us a call or schedule an appointment at (602) 466-7378.

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