Managing Osteoarthritis

  Osteoarthritis treatment and pain management There is no cure for osteoarthritis, therefore, doctors focus on treatments to ease your pain, help you move better, and stop the disease from getting worse. Treatment plans often include: Exercise.  A safe, well-rounded  exercise program  can reduce joint pain and stiffness and increase  flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance . Try stretching and balance exercises as well as low-impact activities such as walking, cycling, swimming, or tai chi. Always talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. Remember to start slowly and take the time to adjust to a new level of activity. Weight control.  If you are affected by overweight or obesity, managing your weight can reduce stress on the joints, which may reduce pain, prevent more injury, and increase mobility. Medication.  Over-the-counter  medications , including oral pain relievers and arthritis creams, can be helpful. Your doctor may also give you a prescription for a p

Benefits of Pears

  What are pears? Pears are a sweet fruit, a little larger than an apple in size and have a slightly thinner top half and rounded bottom giving them their ‘pear-shape’. They typically have yellow-green skin on the outside, and a white, soft flesh on the inside, all of which is edible. There is a small core which is more fibrous and often inedible. Pears are in season in the UK between September and October. Nutritional benefits An 80g serving provides: 34Kcal / 146 KJ 0.2g Protein 0.1g Fat 8.7g Carbohydrate 2.2g Fibre 84mg Potassium An 80g serving counts as one of your five-a-day, which is about one medium-sized fruit. Top 5 health benefits 1. May support gut health Pears are a good source of both  soluble and insoluble fibre , there is growing evidence of the importance of fibre and the role it may play in the  health of our gut microbiota (the community of bacteria that live in our intestines) and in preventing  obesity  and  type 2 diabetes . 2. May lower the risk of type 2 diabetes