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Weight Loss May Ease Knee Troubles

February 23, 2011 by  

Weight loss may ease knee troublesResearch that was conducted at Penn State College of Medicine suggests that individuals with knee osteoarthritis may be able to alleviate their pain and other symptoms by losing weight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 46 percent of the population will develop knee osteoarthritis over their lifetime, and that about 66 percent of obese people will eventually suffer from the joint disease.

Researchers examined 24 individuals for the study. All were classified as obese and had shown evidence of knee osteoarthritis.

The study showed that people who underwent bariatric surgery and lost about 55 pounds within six months experienced lessened knee pain and stiffness, and improved the physical function of their knees without supplemental arthritis treatment. Overall activity and quality of life also increased.

"Each individual had some kind of improvement in their pain from losing weight, some more than others," said Christopher Edwards, M.D., the study's lead author.

Authors of the study noted that this type of arthritis is common among obese people and retired professional athletes, especially football players.

Further research will test the long-term effects of weight loss, and whether the technique would be effective on people who are overweight but not obese.  

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  • meteorlady

    Well duh…. imagine that. Probably spent tax dollars on a grant to tell us that if we weight too much it will affect our joints. What a revelation.

    • Granny Mae


      Can you believe that? I could have told them that for a lot less money! Common sense could save us a lot of tax dollars huh ? Damn when will it ever end?

  • LEVI506

    The real study that should be done is to figure out why we have this thing about electing stupid people to spend our tax dollars!

  • http://com i41

    Beltway soros sociakist wimps seem the most problems of always going around on their knees, to see what than can get for free, and stay on vacation all he tume. Unions, queers, marxist/communist socalists embrace perversion and physcial work equally. Too many overeducated lazy bastards doing nothing and creating nothing, but airy fairy theories.

  • bobinbn11

    I know that some losing weight helps arthritis in the knees as I recently lost 2 stones, but pain is still there, just not as bad. This is a really sincere point too make and it is genuinely enough to make me order weight loss pills now, so I can lose a few more pounds and ease that last bit of pain


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