You are reluctant to climb the stairs or go out for long periods of time because your back and knees are killing you. What you don’t know is that these aren’t necessarily signs of old age. Chances are, your food intake and lifestyle are contributing to your discomfort.
Women are naturally more susceptible to various joint problems as they have lower peak bone mass and musculature than men do. Childbearing and menopause also take a toll on bone strength and density. Furthermore, dieting fervently or having too much of your favourite collagen hotpot will put you at risk of gout and various vitamin deficiencies. Add an inactive lifestyle to all that, and your body will start sending you warning signs.
On the other end of the spectrum are women who are “too active”. High-intensity sports can put a strain on your knees and ankles. According to Dr Henry Chan, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, 80-90 per cent of patients undergoing joint replacement surgeries are women, and one in three women over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime.
Landing awkwardly after a strenuous leap is enough to tear our meniscus (a C-shaped structure that stabilises and evenly distributes our weight) and ligaments in our knees. Tears in your meniscus and ligaments will result in persistent pain, swelling a