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Are you listening to what your knees are saying?

Sometimes, you’re so stiff in the knees you don’t just FEEL like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.

You SOUND like him, too!

If the grandkids are over, they might think you’re serving Rice Krispies because of the snap, crackle, and pop coming from your caps.

You might have more knocks coming out of you than a beat-up old car.

I think you get the point. Some knees are just plain noisy — and if your own hinges are creaking like the door to a haunted house, it’s time to listen up and pay attention.

They’re trying to tell you something!

Even if you don’t have knee pain — YET — all that clicking and popping could be a warning sign that the joint is crumbling on the inside.

Yes, it’s that nasty old osteoarthritis rearing its ugly head… even if your own doc has told you that you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Turns out you do.

The new study of folks with that popping and clicking — but NO PAIN — finds they were much more likely to develop osteoarthritis over the following year.

The folks with the noisy knees were also given scans, which found that 75 percent had signs of damage inside the knee long before the pain joined the party.

The only problem is that while you might HEAR that damage in the form of knee knocks, you can’t SEE it without those X-rays. And if you don’t have pain, your doc’s not likely to order up those scans.

Not that you want them. We should be minimizing the exposure to radiation, not increasing it, so consider those creaks and squeaks to be a cry for help from inside the joint.

Take it as a warning sign to take action to stop the damage BEFORE it leads to pain.

Your doc will tell you there’s not much you can do in any case, but that’s not quite true.

You can STOP the pain before it starts — and, if it’s already kicking in, you can slow it or even reverse it — by giving your knees what they need to restore the crumbling cartilage and stop all those snaps, crackles, and pops.

The key is collagen.

That’s the main building block of the cartilage in your knees. If you can replace what’s being lost, you can stop the damage in its tracks.

Who knows, you might even end that infernal clicking and popping.

Don’t rush out and grab the first collagen supplement you find, as some forms aren’t easily used by the body. You want one called UC-II, which is so effectively absorbed that studies show it’s better for osteoarthritis than glucosamine and chondroitin.

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