Arthritis is inflammation in the joints and can affect people of all ages, not just older people. When you suffer from arthritis, minor injuries can trigger the body’s healing process. This can cause a build-up of fluid inside the joint and lead to swelling. There are thought to be around 10 million people who have some form of arthritis in the UK.1
There are many different causes of arthritis and the following factors may be important;2
- Being over 50
- Being overweight
- Family history of arthritis
Arthritis in older people
Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your body attacks the lining of a joint as though it is trying to protect you from an injury or disease. This causes joints to become inflamed. Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the UK and millions of adults including half of all people age 65 and older suffer from arthritis.3
Arthritis in older people may be managed by taking key lifestyle changes including regular exercise (for example swimming). It is recommended that you exercise little and often, instead of overworking your joints.4 Maintaining a healthy diet may also help with your general health and well-being.