Metabolic or Endocrine Conditions and Osteoarthritis
Metabolism refers to all of the chemical processes that take place in
the body, such as the burning of natural sugar substances (such as glucose) in
the body for energy. The endocrine system controls the body's hormones, such as
It is possible that more rapid breakdown of cartilage in joints is
partly due to a metabolic problem. In osteoarthritis, cartilage breakdown
occurs more rapidly than cartilage repair.
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