Source: Medical News Today

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. It most commonly affects the knees, hips, hands and spine. Around 26.9 million adults in the US are estimated to have some form of osteoarthritis, with middle-aged and elderly individuals being most affected.

Although it is unclear exactly what causes osteoarthritis, some studies have suggested that regular running may contribute to the disease. But the team notes that such studies have been conducted in professional male runners, so they may not apply to the general public

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