Enjoy Your Menopause!

March 19, 2009

Menopause and Osteoarthritis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 1:42 pm

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  It is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is more common after the age of 45 and is also more common in women. Osteoarthritis of the hands is more common in women as they go through the menopause.


Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary with each patient, some people find the symptoms disabling where as others may have few symptoms. The following symptoms may indicate that you have osteoarthritis:

  • Swelling and inflammation in one or more joints.
  • Stiffness around the joints.
  • Constant or recurring pain in a joint.
  • Sudden difficulty in moving or using a joint.
  • A crack or click noise may be heard when you move the affected joint.

There may be some good news on the horizon as it relates to osteoarthritis.  According to reseachers with the Baylor Research Institute, tart cherries, in pill form, may be a promising pain-reliever. 


Made from Montmorency tart cherries, this preparation is made up of ground whole cherries and given as a soft gelatin capsule (marketed under the brand name CherryFlex®).


Baylor Research Institute together with the Arthritis Care & Research Institute is currently enrolling patients in a second study, which will test cherry pills versus placebo in an eight week double blind study.

For more information about this study, call 1-800-4BAYLOR.

1 Comment »

  1. I’ve been reading up on this topic a bit more after some symptoms and osteoarthritis seems to strike during menopause as the result of less estrogen in the body to act as an anti-inflammatory. I am wondering if tart cherries are higher in antioxidants (like c-rich acerola berries) and that’s why they seem to work? Or do they contain phytoestrogens? Anyway, here is a great article from Women to Women about osteoarthritis, especially as it relates to menopause.

    Comment by Jacqueline — March 28, 2009 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

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