Weight Loss Takes Pressure Off the Knee
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The disease progressively destroys the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber in the joints and results in pain, stiffness, and eventually loss of movement in the affected joint.
The study involved 142 overweight and obese older adults with osteoarthritis of the knee who participated in an 18-month weight loss program.
By the end of the weight loss program, the participants lost an average of nearly 3% of their body weight.
But when researchers measured the load on the knee joints, they found that each pound of weight loss was associated with a 4-pound reduction in knee-joint load.
Although there are no studies that have shown weight loss can slow the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers say a reduction of pressure on the joints of this magnitude would appear to have a major impact on the disease. 𝘖𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘬 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 for osteoarthritis of the knee.
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