most common type of arthritis, osteo arthritis (also known as degenerative
joint disease) strikes over 16 million Americans, and is a major cause
of disability among older individuals. Typically osteo arthritis presents
as pain, stiffness, or swelling in joints such as the hip, hand, and
knee or spine, but it may affect other joints as well. Women run a
higher risk of developing osteo arthritis than men, and other risk
factors include heredity, excess weight, joint injury, and hormonal
many people associate osteo arthritis with the "natural"
wear and tear of joint cartilage, there are actually a variety of
physiological factors that play an important role in the prevention,
monitoring, and treatment of this condition. Recently, investigators
have strongly emphasized the importance of working to undo actual
degenerative mechanisms in the body rather than simply treating
symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs or analgesics.
following GSDL assessments offer important clinical insight into
the dysfunctional mechanisms underlying the development and progression
of osteo arthritis. For more information click on link below:
and Bone Resorption:Two collagen cross links measured
in the urine assess the impact of osteo arthritis upon bone tissue.
and IGF-1 Assessment: Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1)
is crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of bone cartilage.
and Menopause: Many researchers believe that osteo arthritis
in women is triggered by hormonal imbalances in the period following
and Oxidative Stress: Free radicals often mediate the
destruction of joint tissue characteristic of osteo arthritis.
and Fatty Acids: Inflammatory processes in osteo arthritis
can be severely exacerbated by fatty acid imbalances.
and Cardiovascular Health: Osteo arthritis places individuals
at greater risk for heart disease. A new bio marker, C-reactive protein,
serves as an early warning marker for both osteo arthritis and heart
and Amino Acids: The building blocks of protein, amino
acids are crucial for optimal health of the musculoskeletal system.
and Gastrointestinal Health: Chronic use of NSAIDS to
treat osteo arthritis can severely damage the gastrointestinal mucosa.
1 Brandt K, Doherty M, Lohmander L, eds. Osteo arthritis. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1998.
lab tests can be done through the mail in the privacy of your own
home, except blood tests, we send you to a lab to have your blood
drawn for these. After you pay for the test we mail you the kit,
the results take two weeks, the test results will be mailed to us
and we will call you to go over the results, its that easy! All
tests include the consultation for the report of findings.
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Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition,
is a licensed Acupuncturist and clinical
researcher. She has been in practice
for well over 25 years. It is through
her clinical practice that she has gained
insights into chronic health conditions. If
you are suffering from unexplained symptoms
that come and go you owe it to yourself
to find out why. Find out today call
for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr.
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health call today For an appointment,
contact her office at (800) 956-7083
or (818) 707-3125.
We also offer Functional Laboratory
tests that can be done through the
mail in the privacy of your home
to help determine why you are having
these symptoms. For more information
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