You can’t always prevent arthritis. Some causes, such as increasing age, family history and gender (a lot of types of arthritis are more common in women), are out of your control.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The three main types of osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Every type develops differently, but all are painful and can lead to loss of function and deformity.
There are a couple of healthy habits you can practice to lower your risk of developing painful joints as you get older. A lot of these practices — such as exercising and eating a healthy diet — prevents other diseases as well.