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Joint Health- What you need to know

Author: Medifast California

December 01, 2016

Joint Health- What you need to know

Author: Medifast California

December 01, 2016

 

What is arthritis?
Arthritis means joint inflammation. Symptoms can occur and cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. However, arthritis may not only affect the joints, but can also affect muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Facts about arthritis according to the National Arthritis Foundation:

  • Arthritis affects nearly 1 in every 6 Americans (over 20 million total), making it the most common disease in the U.S.
  • By the year 2020, an estimated 60 million people will be affected.
  • The risk of arthritis is higher among woman than men.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, limiting daily activities for more than 7 million Americans.

Does being overweight affect arthritis?
Being overweight is associated with increased risk of osteoarthritis, and weight loss reduces the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Physical activity helps maintain joint health and may also reduce the risk of other adverse outcomes unrelated to arthritis, such as premature death, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Studies indicate that an exercise program can improve aerobic capacity and alleviate depression and anxiety among people with arthritis.

What is Medifast Plus for Joint Health?
Medifast Plus for Joint Health is a specially designed meal replacement, formulated to help relieve the excruciating symptoms associated with arthritis and poor joint health.

What is in the Plus for Joint Health Shakes that helps with arthritis symptoms?
Medifast Plus for Joint Health Shakes contain glucosamine and chondroitin, which may reduce pain and help repair damage caused by arthritis. To get the therapeutic benefits of these shakes, you should consume three Joint Health Shakes each day as part of your Jump Start Plan. Each shake provides you with 500 mg of both chondroitin and glucosamine, and therapeutic levels are 1,000 mg. You can choose any other two Medifast Meals each day from soups, stew, chili, oatmeal, scrambled, eggs, fruit drinks, iced teas, hot beverages, bars, puddings, non-Health Management Shakes, pretzel sticks, or cheese puffs. If you are already using medication for arthritis, consult with your physician before incorporating Medifast Plus for Joint Health Shakes.

Who should use Medifast Plus for Joint Health?
Medifast Plus for Joint Health is recommended for people 18 and older who suffer with painful joints due to arthritis and/or injury. Be sure to consult with your physician prior to using these shakes if you are already on any medications, especially those for arthritis. In many instances, Joint Health Shakes provide lower therapeutic dosages of chondroitin and glucosamine than prescription arthritis medications. If you have a fish allergy, you should not consume Medifast Plus for Joint Health Shakes.
(These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

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