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Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Q Both my mother and father suffer quite badly from arthritis. I am now in my late 20s and, although I don't suffer from it now, I worry a lot that I too will get it. Will I? Is there anything I can do to stop myself getting it?

A It t largely depends on what kind of arthritis your parents suffer. Of the two common forms, one may possibly be inherited, the other isn't. But that doesn't mean you get either.

The first one is rheumatoid arthritis which causes inflammation, swelling, tenderness, pain and restriction of movement.

The second one is osteoarthritis which is mainly due to wear and tear and therefore related to age.

If your parents have rheumatoid arthritis, see your doctor and explain your family history. You can have blood tests done that will pinpoint this condition or a tendency for you to develop it, and take advice from your doctor.

To stay as healthy as you can, don't smoke, avoid being overweight, exercise often and eat a balanced diet.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2018
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