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10 Common Illnesses You’re More Likely to Get After 40

Dr. Badia was quoted on a Health.com article about Osteoarthritis

Around your 40s, osteoarthritis can occur, says Alejandro Badia, MD, board-certified hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon with Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Florida.

As cartilage wears away around joints, achiness and discomfort ensues. “It is very common for those who are predisposed to generalized osteoarthritis to begin their problems in the lumbar cervical spine, hips, and knees, and [in] particular joints such as the basal joint of the thumb, more so in women,” he says. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and the best way to avoid it, says Dr. Badia, is with a healthy, balanced diet and weight-bearing exercise.

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