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.
While there's no cure for osteoarthritis, you can still do much to relieve
pain and stay active. Your osteoarthritis treatment will depend on several
factors, including the severity of your pain -- and how much it affects your
Osteoarthritis often progresses slowly, with periods when there's little or
no change. If you have mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis, you can probably
control your symptoms with nonprescription pain relievers. When those don't
work, your doctor will...