Watch out! Dr. Tim Legath just dropped this article on my lap from BYU (Brigham Young University) which is entitled “Running actually lowers inflammation in knee joints – Running may also slow the process that leads to osteoarthritis”.
From the article on Science Daily:
Summary: We all know that running causes a bit of inflammation and soreness, and that’s just the price you pay for cardiovascular health. You know; no pain, no gain. Well, maybe not. New research from exercise science professors finds that pro-inflammatory molecules actually go down in the knee joint after running.
More from the article on Science Daily:
“What we now know is that for young, healthy individuals, exercise creates an anti-inflammatory environment that may be beneficial in terms of long-term joint health,” said study lead author Robert Hyldahl, BYU assistant professor of exercise science.
Hyldahl said the study results indicate running is chondroprotective, which means exercise may help delay the onset of joint degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis.
This is potentially great news, since osteoarthritis — the painful disease where cartilage at the end of bones wears down and gradually worsens over time — affects about 27 million people in the United States.
“This study does not indicate that distance runners are any more likely to get osteoarthritis than any other person,” Seeley said. “Instead, this study suggests exercise can be a type of medicine.”