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Women and Joint Pain

October 17, 2017

 

There are three distinct risk factors that lead women to suffer from arthritis more than men: biology, genetics, and hormones.

Biology:  The hips.  Women are designed to have babies so they’re shaped differently than men.  The angle of their hips distributes their body weight across the knees less efficiently than in men.  Also their ligaments are more elastic so their knees are less stable.  More pressure and less stability makes a knee joint more likely to get hurt.

Genetics:  Women whose mothers had OA should not be surprised to find themselves suffering the same type of joint pain, in the same places, and around the same age.  It is common for OA to run in families.  Research shows the genetic links.

Hormones:  Estrogen protects cartilage.  As the estrogen decreases so does the protection.  There is an increased prevalence in the onset of OA during menopause.

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