Osteoarthritis and Weight Loss
Obesity is associated with the development of osteoarthritis (OA), particularly of the knee. It is proven that a 10 pounds weight loss over 10 years decreased the person for developing knee OA by 50%. Indeed, even modest weight loss and healthy diet may produce improvement in joint pain and function. The combination of diet and exercise was associated with decreased knee pain and improved self-reported and measured function.
Regular, moderate physical activity is beneficial in decreasing fatigue, strengthening muscles and bones, increasing flexibility and stamina, and improving a general sense of well-being. Moreover, exercise:
- Increases strength and flexibility, stabilizes joints, and reduces pain.
- Aerobic exercise, in combination with strength training, contribute to weight loss, reduces the force placed on joints.
- Increases mobility and decreases stiffness, which allows for more independence.
- Decreases pain and relieve arthritic symptoms.
- Increases function and reduces disability.
- Improves energy levels.
- Enhances socialization through involvement in fitness group.
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