What Causes Osteoarthritis?
To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of osteoarthritis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow osteoarthritis to develop?"
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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind osteoarthritis consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to osteoarthritis. Here are three possibilities:
- Manganese Need
- A Weight Problem
- Low Estrogens
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being lean or underweight
slow scalp hair growth
having hot flashes
low HDL cholesterol level
green tea consumption
minor health decline
hot flashes between period
slow fingernail growth
having high percentage body fat
... and more than 20 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of osteoarthritis:
|A Weight Problem
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Have you been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear / age-related arthritis)? This is not the same as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
→ No / don't know
→ It is suspected
→ Yes, mild in one or two joints
→ Yes, mild in several joints / severe in one or two
→ Yes, severe in several joints / I'm disabled by it
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate suspected osteoarthritis, mild osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis or severe osteoarthritis, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
In studies of older women, a lower risk of osteoarthritis was found in women who had used oral estrogens for hormone replacement therapy. The researchers suspect that low estrogen levels could increase risk for the disease, but further studies are needed.
Bone cartilage can't grow or repair itself adequately without manganese – an essential part of glucosamine, which is in turn a major joint building block. When glucosamine is in short supply, various forms of arthritis tend to arise, eventually leading to joint deterioration.
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