Medical practitioners have reiterated the need for physical activities and consumption of healthy food in order to avoid developing arthritis.
Speaking with The News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews, they described arthritis as an inflammatory condition of joints which are common among people who are 65 years and above.
They, however, revealed most people begin to develop the condition as early as the teenage years.
Dr. Ayodeji, a medical practitioner at the General Hospital Keffi, Nasarawa State while speaking with NAN said arthritis affects places where bones connect in the body.
He advised the people to constantly engage in physical activities as well as feed on healthy food which contain fatty acids, Vitamin C and vegetables.
“There are certain diet foods which can reduce the inflammation and ease the pain that happens due to arthritis.
“Diet such as vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbages can be used as remedies; they have Sulforaphane compound which helps to slow cartilage damages in the joints.
“They come with benefits, people with arthritis should eat more; also fishes like salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel are very rich in Omega-3 which helps to fight inflammation in the various joints.
“Turmeric spices contain curcumin that fights inflammation best; Garlic is also a remedy as it comes from the alliums family like onions and leeks containing disulfide that fights diseases.”
Another medical practitioner who spoke with NAN, Dr. Lorwuese Charles attributed arthritis to poor lifestyle.
He said: “The symptoms vary from person to person; they may include intermittent pain in the joint, physical deformity, bony outgrowth in fingers or toes.
“Others are stiffness, tenderness, swelling and fatigue, malaise and so on: it can come and go and also range from mild to severe cases that could lead to permanent joints damage.
“There is no cure for arthritis, but there are prescribed medication for treatment, which includes painkillers on steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.
“Others are natural remedies that can help to ease arthritis pain, such as exercises and change in diet,” Charles concluded.