Expat insurance policyholders should speak to a healthcare professional if they begin to experience pain in their joints, it has been said.
Arthritis Care chief executive Neil Betteridge claimed there are many recommendations these experts could provide sufferers with, such as suggestions relating to their exercise and dieting regimes.
Although there are currently no treatments other than painkillers available for individuals with osteoarthritis, medical help can prevent this ailment from progressing and deteriorating too quickly, he asserted.
Symptoms of the disease can be relieved through physical activity even among those who continue to overeat, a recent study on mice at Duke University Medical Center indicated.
Mr Betteridge noted that many people are more willing to "go to the garage to get the car fixed" than to visit doctors to discuss this problem.
"There is a public awareness issue here," he pointed out.
Anyone who is overweight is at risk of this condition, the expert declared.