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Arthritis A Growing Problem Due To Obesity

By May 11, 2016Uncategorized

Being overweight can greatly impact the way your body handles itself. The strain on joints can cause many overweight patients to develop diseases at earlier ages. In the case of osteoarthritis, that is an understatement.

Data from the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES I) indicated that obese women had nearly four times the risk of knee OA as compared with non-obese women; for obese men, the risk was nearly five times greater. The number of cases where obesity was the cause

Furthermore, in a study from Framingham MA, overweight individuals in their thirties who did not have knee OA were at greater risk of later developing the disease.

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Obesity Can Tigger OA and RA

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are diseases that can affect joints and bones. In the past, OA and RA were associated the old age but are now found in young adults. One of the chief culprits for this shit is obesity. The weight that is being carried and the fat that is stored in our bodies can greatly affect the way our bodies handle it.

recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight.

RA can be further inflamed by fat cells that sit in the body from unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles.

An Epidemic

Most of the time, surgeons perform a hip or knee replacement as arthritis treatment on older patients who suffered from physical trauma or from conditions that damaged the bones and joints. But because of the increase in the number of people with obesity, surgeons are now operating more on people suffering from obesity

Weight Loss As Solution

Just like weight can put a strain on muscles, bones, and joints, the reverse can happen when just a fraction of weight los11-poundnge in diet can greatly impact the way your body functions. In a 2010 study of obese women, it was found that an 11-pound weight loss could reduce the risk of osteoarthritis by half.

But, is much more than losing weight. There has to exercise, too. You can strengthen your bones and muscles to help prevent the onset of OA. Trying these exercises for at leat 30 minutes a day can really help:

  • Walking, running, or jogging
  • Swimming
  • Playing tennis
  • Ellipticals and stationary biking
  • Participating in aerobic exercises
  • Light to moderate hiking
  • Starting a beginners weight lifting
  • Dancing or doing yoga, Pilates, or tai chi
  • Swimming

If you have arthritis or are developing the early signs of arthritis is may be beneficial to discuss possible lifestyle changes with you physician. Far to often, the medical community turns to costly surgeries and medication to treat symptoms that could be eliminated by diet and exercise.