Arthritis affects around 10 million people, young and old, in the UK. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two most common types of arthritis, and symptoms include inflammation in and around the joints, warm, red skin over the affected joint, and weakness and muscle wasting.
While there is no cure, there are ways proven to ease pain and other symptoms.
What you eat can impact your arthritis, and experts believe foods that contain omega-6 fatty acids should be avoided.
While omega-3s, found in oily fish, flaxseeds and walnuts, are found to be anti-inflammatory, excess consumption of omega-6s can trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals, according to Arthritis Foundation.
Omega-6s are found in oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soy and vegetable.
Olive oil may be better choice for those with the condition.
The research charity adds: “High in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, olive oils are among the best-studied fats, with many known health benefits.
“Extra virgin olive oil, the least refined type, is pressed mechanically rather than processed with heat or chemicals that change its chemical properties.
“It contains biologically active compounds – such as the polyphenols oleocantha, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol and lignans – that have been linked to reduced joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis.”
There are more than 100 types of arthritis and they all have risk factors, individual features, behaviours and circumstances that are associated with the condition.
There are risk factors that are not modifiable. That means there is nothing you can do about them. Being female and having a family history of arthritis are two examples of factors that make people more likely – but not certain – to get some types of arthritis.
But in contrast, some risk factors are considered to be modifiable. So how can you prevent arthritis in the first place?
One of the things to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, a common type of arthritis, is not smoking.
Osteoarthritis, another comment type of arthritis, can be prevented by keeping a healthy weight.
You can also reduce the risk of gout by eating a healthy diet, low in sugar, and alcohol.
“Nursing a poorly shoulder today,” the 44-year-old posted on Instagram.
“I had an ultra sound steroid injection in it yesterday. The reason, arthritis? I’m 44!”
Fans reacted to the hit dating show presenter’s news offering support and encouragement.
“Arthritis sucks!”, said one. “I’m 48 and had it since I was 25! I feel your pain!”
Another user added “I get arthritis every year in my knees. Pain not too bad… my tattoo hurt more, and I’m 34, suffering for four years so far.”