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Arthritis in the US: Time To Take Action

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

  • Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults (54 million) in the United States. 
  • It is the leading cause of disability in the US. 24 million adults report limitations due to arthritis. 
  • The most common form of arthritis in the US is osteoarthritis. 
  • Arthritis makes it harder to manage heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Being physically activate can reduce arthritis pain. 

Tips:

  1. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis can help people with the condition live well without pain.
  2. Exercise (swimming, biking, walking) regularly to stay healthy.
  3. Physical activity has been proven to reduce arthritis pain and restore function.
  4. Maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout and may decrease disease progression and arthritis-related activity limitations.

    Source: CDC

5 Things You Could Do To Help Fight Gray Hair

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Our hair color comes from a pigment called melanin. With age, melanin is reduced which is why our hair turns gray and ultimately, white once there's no melanin left.

In 2016, researchers discovered a gene that accounts for 30% of hair graying. The research study involved 6000 people living in five Latin American countries. They looked into these populations because they represent a good mix of backgrounds. Kaustubh Adhikari, a research associate in cell and developmental biology at University College London, was the lead author of the study.

The other 70% is likely due to factors such as age, toxic exposures, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

To limit gray hair:

  1. Avoid smoking: There is a significant association between tobacco use and graying of hair.
  2. Minimize oxidative stress by avoiding pollution and stress: Oxidative stress may be defined as a state in which our free radicals (from pollution, poor diet, stress) outnumber our antioxidant defenses (from healthy diet). Graying hair may be an indicator of oxidative stress-induced damage.
  3. Eat a healthy antioxidant rich diet: The following are rich in antioxidants: Goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, artichoke, elderberries, kidney beans, cranberries, balckberries, cilantro.
  4. Increase vitamin B12 intake: Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with graying of hair. The following are rich in vitamin B12: Shellfish, liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products (tofu, soymilk), fortified cereals, red meat, low fat dairy, cheese and eggs.
  5. Normalize weight: Obesity is associated with graying of hair.

Source: Adhikari, K. et al. A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features. Nat. Commun. 7:10815 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10815 (2016).


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