Health & Wellness Over 50s Lifestyle

How I maintain healthy joints & relieve osteoarthritis Over 60

September 13, 2023

If you are a regular reader you know that I love to run and despite a health hiccup over the last few months I surprised myself last weekend by running another Half Marathon in the River Run 100 event in Brisbane. I’m fortunate that with regular workouts and training, my body and joints are good, especially at 66. However, I don’t take things for granted and ensure that I do all I can living a healthy lifestyle to maintain healthy joints over 60 and relieve any mild osteoarthritis such as joint aches, pains and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that mainly affects the cartilage, the protective cushioning between bones in a joint. It is the most common form of arthritis and often occurs in the knees, hips, hands, and spine.

Did you know that

1 in 8 Australians suffer from osteoarthritis

Globally, osteoarthritis is the 3rd most rapidly rising disability, behind diabetes & dementia.  

As a runner in my mid 60s I am always vigilant about my joints and how they function. I need to ensure my joints and bones remain strong. As we age, especially during and post menopause our bones can become brittle. We need to keep our bones strong to reduce the risk of Osteoporosis and also to help prevent breaking bones if we fall.

Recently, I was given a new supplement, Abexol from Raydel to try and provide an honest review. I’ve been taking it daily for about a month or so. If you follow me, you know I had some health issues and couldn’t do any strenuous exercise for 8 weeks. I started taking Abexol during this time.

I don’t usually take supplements, however, I thought I would give it a try after reading up on the brand and product, especially as I hadn’t been doing any strenuous exercise (under doctor’s orders) for a few months. I also noticed that Australian cricketers Mitchell Stark and Alyssa Healy also use Abexol so I was in good company.

I took 1 tablet per day although depending on your condition the dosage recommendation is 1 – 2 tablets per day. It’s always difficult to know if it is a placebo affect or not, but since taking Abexol, my recovery has been much faster and my body felt wonderful after my long run. I couldn’t believe that having not run for 8 weeks, I rant 21.1kms and the next day walked to and from the shops – no hobbling around!

An added benefit of Abexol it helps maintain stomach health and a healthy gut is important for healthy living.

About Abexol

Abexol is the only osteoarthritis (OA) treatment which uses beeswax alcohols, thus avoiding the numerous side-effects and issues that users encounter with other supplements.   It was first tested as a gastrointestinal issues (GI)  treatment, but so many participants started talking about their joint relief that the focus for research soon shifted – however it has TGA approval for both OA and GI issues.

  1. Abexol is the only beeswax-alcohols-based product registered by the TGA in Australia to treat mild arthritis and osteoarthritis and support stomach health. 
  2. Abexol is registered with the TGA to help enhance healthy joint function, relieve symptoms of mild osteoarthritis such as mild joint aches, pains, and stiffness, help improve joint mobility, and maintain stomach and gastrointestinal system health.
  3. Each tablet contains 50 mg of Beeswax alcohol with no added yeast, salt, gluten, artificial flavours or sweeteners. The dosage is one to two tablets daily.
  4. Abexol is available at selected pharmacies or online at https://www.raydel.com.au/product/abexol

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Joints After 60

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain healthy joints to support mobility and overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you maintain healthy joints over the age of 60:

  1. Stay Active: Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining joint health. Engage in low-impact activities for at least 30 minutes most days of the week, as recommended by your healthcare professional.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess weight puts additional stress on the joints, particularly the knees and hips. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of joint problems and alleviate existing joint pain. A balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Protect Your Joints: When engaging in physical activities or tasks that may strain your joints, take appropriate precautions. Use proper body mechanics and techniques while lifting heavy objects, avoid repetitive movements that may put stress on the joints, and use supportive gear, such as knee pads or wrist braces, if necessary.
  4. Maintain Good Posture: Proper posture is essential for joint health. Practice good alignment while sitting, standing, and walking. This helps distribute the weight evenly across the joints, reducing unnecessary stress.
  5. Eat a Balanced Diet: A healthy diet plays a significant role in maintaining joint health. Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish (salmon, tuna), nuts, and seeds, as they possess anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, ensure an adequate intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients that support bone and joint health.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water is essential for overall health and joint function. Stay hydrated throughout the day to keep your joints lubricated and prevent stiffness.
  7. Use Joint Supplements: Consult with your healthcare professional about the potential benefits of joint supplements.
  8. Listen to Your Body: If you experience joint pain or discomfort, it’s essential to pay attention to your body’s signals. Don’t ignore persistent joint pain, swelling, or stiffness. Seek advice from a healthcare professional who can recommend appropriate treatment options.

Remember, these suggestions are general guidelines. It’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice based on your specific health needs.

Please note: I was given the product for free in exchange for my opinion. I have not been paid and have given my honest thoughts about the product.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

16 Comments

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle September 13, 2023 at 13:21

    Hi Sue, I am so impressed that you ran 21 kms, let along after being unwell for so long! Thank you for sharing these supplements. I have oesteoarthritis – it comes and goes and its been ok for a while now. It’s good to know about Abexol because previously I didn’t! I have Pandaol Osteo at hand if needed but try not to use it unless necessary. I think that my daily practice of yoga and pilates has helped me tremendously with my joints and flexibility and also has got rid of a lot of my aches and pains. This morning practice is my favourite time of day! So pleased you’re feeling well again and able to get back to the activities that make you thrive and feel happy! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 09:17

      Hi Min, I had intended to drop down to the 10km but on Sunday morning I thought what is the worst that could happen? I’m so pleased I tried the Half and am chuffed that I ran it all despite little preparation. Yoga and pilates will definitely help joints and flexibility. My husband has been seeing a physio twice a week and does pilates and weight training with him. He is really enjoying the Reformer machine. x

  • Reply marsha57 September 13, 2023 at 14:03

    Congratulations on your running, Sue! I have arthritis behind the kneecaps of both knees which is supposedly the worst kind you can get. I just keep walking and moving, though! Thanks for the tips!

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 09:16

      Thanks so much Marsha, I was overjoyed to be able to run the whole Half Marathon. Good for you to keep moving despite your knee issues – use it, or lose it as they say xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 13, 2023 at 17:04

    I am reading this with trepidation. I probably need to do this – def need to do bone density and am currently sitting up straighter than I was at the start of the post!! (You should have seen the grimace I pulled when I realised what it was about – ha!) Good info and much needed. #WWandPics

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 09:14

      Hi Lydia, isn’t it funny how we suddenly sit up straighter when we see or hear the word posture! I think you are much younger than me so you have time on your side. It’s never too early or late to look after our bodies. Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Toni Pike September 13, 2023 at 17:15

    Fantastic tips, Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 09:13

      Thanks, Toni. Fortunately, I do most of the things on my list to maintain a healthy body inside and out. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections September 14, 2023 at 03:15

    Hi, Sue – I am so thrilled that you are now able to run and that you remain proactive in your health. Congratulations on your recent half-marathon. You are a true inspiration!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 09:13

      HI Donna, I was over the moon to not only complete the Half Marathon but actually run it all with so little preparation. Proves we can do anything if we try x

  • Reply Bernie September 14, 2023 at 14:20

    Super awesome Sue! From zero training to a half. Shows what muscle memory and determination can do. Thanks for the tips. I have some degenerative spinal changes and am working hard to get a good chunk of weight off. I do exercise regularly (various kinds including weights) so that is a plus although the fractured ribs slowed that down.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 17:26

      Go you, Bernie! You are moving and doing things to stay strong despite your issues. Keep up the good work and remember just do what you can. x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 14, 2023 at 16:02

    I think running a half marathon is impressive in itself but especially so after being unwell and not fully active! Go you and congrats on another wonderful achievement! Thanks for the tips – they’re super useful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2023 at 17:27

      I was beyond happy, Sammie as I had turned up on the day ready to drop back to the 10km. I’m so pleased I gave the Half a crack and certainly surprised myself. x

  • Reply Debbie September 15, 2023 at 13:58

    You are such an inspiration Sue, not being able to run for so long and then doing a half marathon is amazing stuff! Huge congrats.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:39

      Thank you Deb I was so happy to see my fitness level return and being able to run all the way was fantastic. x

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