The term "arthritis" refers to an inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can reduce strength and mobility for performing even the most routine of chores around work or home. It is one of the most common disabling conditions, but can be managed through diet, exercise, education, and care.
Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer climbing above 57, increasingly more farmers will find tasks difficult to complete. Many agricultural workers do not know they may be at risk of developing arthritis.
Calcium, which is found in dairy products, leafy vegetables, shellfish, and other calcium-fortified foods (orange juice, breads, cereals) is one of the main building blocks of bone. Vitamin D is important in building strong bones because it helps the body absorb the calcium from foods. Make sure to get the recommended daily dietary values of both Calcium and Vitamin D to prevent bone loss.
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