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Mom has bad arthritis - is it hereditary?

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Old 08-28-2003, 09:35 AM   #1
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Post Mom has bad arthritis - is it hereditary?

My mom (and my grandma) has both rhumatoid and osteoarthritis (facet joint type). I'm wondering if it is hereditary and if it is - what can I do now to prevent it or at least minimize the chances of it affecting the quality of my life as I get older.


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Old 08-28-2003, 11:06 AM   #2
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These conditions are seldom passed on directly from parent to child, although some families seem to be susceptible to certain types of arthritis.

Although the exact causes of arthritis are unknown, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy bodyweight reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Avoiding chronic stress on joints from over-use (e.g. during certain work-related activities) can also reduce the likelihood of developing arthritis. Some preventive measures have proven to be beneficial for patients who already have arthritis, e.g. charges in lifestyle may help to stop deterioration of their joints and avoid complications of the disease.

Old 09-01-2003, 04:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info!

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