How does ATP help me prevent osteoarthritis?April 20, 2018
Osteoarthritis is a disease that has affected millions by destroying cartilage in the joints, causing pain and reducing mobility for its sufferers. This causes a significant decrease in one’s quality of life that can also take independence away, forcing patients to no longer live a normal life.
A new study has found that osteoarthritis can be delayed or even prevented thanks to a molecule that is present in all humans, known as adenosine. Cartilage is produced and its supply maintained by cells known as chondrocytes. These cells are in turn maintained by adenosine. Adenosine is itself a byproduct of ATP, a molecule that is present in metabolism processes in your body.
When you have a low amount of ATP, you will produce less adenosine, and less adenosine means fewer chrondrocytes, meaning less cartilage is produced to maintain or replace what you’ve already lost. Recent studies have found that ATP levels are reduced due to ageing and inflammation in your tissue. Therefore, we can conclude that low ATP and adenosine levels contribute to osteoarthritis, and that any therapies that stimulate production of adenosine may help prevent or treat osteoarthritis. In fact, studies have found that removing the enzyme that produces ATP causes osteoarthritis in mice.
While these therapies that incorporate ATP are just beginning to come to fruition, it is going to be good news for patients who now know there is some light on the horizon when it comes to preventing and treating their pain. Come visit us at our clinic to learn more about how we can help you relieve and even heal your joint pain.