If you’re suffering from knee pain, you’re definitely not alone. An estimated 27 million people in the USA have osteoarthritis, characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, which cushions the ends of bones and allows easy joint movement. This breakdown causes bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement.
However, in some cases you may have options to improve this condition through weight loss. Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees and lower back. Recent research found that heavy adults with osteoarthritis who lost 10% of their body weight significantly reduced knee pain and improved their mobility. These benefits increased the more weight that was lost by patients, contributing to decreased inflammation and decreased joint load.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results from an 18-month long study involving 454 overweight patients. At the end, the following results … Read more