from Brigham Young University
Osteoarthritis is the painful disease that affects about twenty-seven million Americans. It occurs when cartilage at the end of bones wears thin. It would seem logical that distance runners would be more at risk, but no! A study from Brigham Young University compared inflammation markers from runners and non-runners and although runners might experience a bit of inflammation and soreness, there may be long-term benefits. The researchers say running may actually reduce joint inflammation and delay the onset of joint degeneration like osteoarthritis in addition to the well-known benefits to cardiovascular health. Matt Seeley, co-author of the study appearing in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, says the idea that long-distance running is bad for your knees might not apply to all runners.