How to be careful with your knees.

How to be careful with your knees and  keep the vulnerable joints healthy.

 Some important facts:
  • Injury to Knee: One of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament is responsible for about 150,000 injuries in the U.S. every year.
  • Body weight is always a problem for those with obesity. Every pound of body weight yields five pounds of force on the knee, so even 10 extra pounds can put a considerable load on those joints.
  • If your knees hurt, it’s harder to lose weight through exercise

    Knee Joint

    Knee Joint

  • It is important to remember that you make gains in fitness when you work hard and then allow your body to recover. But it is not possible usually to do hard work out every day.
  • A sudden increase in intensity or duration of exercise can cause overuse injuries from repetitive strain.  It is always advisable to go slow and steady with your exercise. Gradually increase the stress you put on your muscles and joints. Its important to give the muscles and joints rest after putting them on stress of exercise.
  • When the muscles around the kneecap, hip, and pelvis are strong, it keeps the knee stable and balanced, providing support by absorbing some of the stress exerted on the joint.
  • With regular graded exercise the joints gain flexibility and capability to with stand stress of increased load. Weak muscles and lack of flexibility are primary causes of knee injuries.
  • Tendonitis and kneecap pain are common symptoms in the stress and injury to knee.
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Aging Mechanism

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Aging Mechanism

It is now believed that the mechanism that plays a role in the disease Progeria causing accelerated aging of those suffering from this disease may be playing a role in normal aging as well.A study led by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, suggests aging may not simply be a gradual wearing out of cells.

Caution with Herbal Products

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Caution with Herbal Products

There are particular herbals that should be avoided because they have known toxicities. Those mainly have been shown to cause liver damage. They include comfrey, liferoot and pokeroot to mention just a few.Patients should avoid herbals if they are pregnant, contemplating pregnancy, or lactating.Very elderly and the very young utilizing herbal treatments may face some dangers , because their metabolizing capacity is less than in normal adults.

Most importantly, patients should let their physicians know they are taking them. For example you may be taking ginkgo biloba and you may be also onCoumadin which may increase your risk of bleeding.

At times people are taking number of supplements which may create unexplained problems.