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Conditions in Depth

This page contains the basic information about Osteoarthritis .

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There is no reliable way to prevent most cases of osteoarthritis. However, you may be able to control some factors that increase the risk of developing the disease. You can:

  • Maintain an ideal body weight.

  • Prevent osteoporosis by getting enough exercise and vitamin D and calcium, and possibly by taking additional prescription medication (such as alendronate/Fosamax or risedronate/Actonel).

  • Prevent major accidents and injuries.

It may also help to prevent or treat any conditions that might contribute to joint damage, such as hemochromatosis, gout or infection.

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Created: 4/27/2004   |   Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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