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.
Jerry Wade used to love bird-watching with his wife, an avid birder.
"I'm not a birder myself, but I like being active and getting out there
with her," he says. "Bird-watching puts you into natural areas and some
rough terrain -- it's not an easy physical activity."
But in the fall of 2005, the 66-year-old Columbia, Mo., resident, who had
retired in 2000 from a career in community development, started noticing
"pains and twinges" in his knees. A visit to his doctor in January 2006