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How Healthy Are You? 10 Easy Self-Checks

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Are Your Joints Healthy?

5. Osteoarthritis risk

Twenty-seven million people in the United States over age 25 suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition that happens when the cartilage in your joints deteriorates and moving the joint is painful, according to the National Institutes of Health. To help gauge your risk, hold up one hand and take a look. If your index finger is shorter than your ring finger, you may be nearly twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis, according to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatism. The finger-length discrepancy points to lower-than-average levels of estrogen, which may be a cause of the condition.

Index finger shorter than ring finger = Poor (Higher Risk)
Index finger equal to or longer than ring finger = Good (Lower Risk)

Health Rx

Help prevent osteoarthritis by regularly doing a variety of exercises and maintaining a healthy weight, which puts less strain on joints, says Michele Olson, PhD, a FITNESS advisory board member and a professor of exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery.

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veronicavanderwel wrote:

By "waist" don't you mean natural waist??? which is the smaller part around your middle not the larger part of your belly? Because 35 inches for a belly area isn't that big depending on your height┐..???

2/18/2014 10:12:49 PM Report Abuse
guillermoginorio wrote:

It is very good to alert people of his health condition.

10/6/2012 12:45:34 PM Report Abuse
goe1 wrote:

Suggest showing a picture of an earlobe crease & no crease.

7/30/2012 02:34:23 PM Report Abuse
kingsservant11 wrote:

Inspired by the information. However in the "Can You Think Fast" section under the visual acuity test, the letter "M" is missing. The number 13 is there but no "M". Was this a deliberate omission or did someone not realize it was missing before publication?

7/21/2012 12:52:24 PM Report Abuse
gretelpacific1 wrote:

Patrick, I understand where you are coming from, but there is Men's Fitness magazine that specifically focuses on men.

7/19/2012 09:51:02 PM Report Abuse

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