Losing Weight May Help Against Osteroarthritis:
By Diana Kohnle
Losing any extra weight can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, experts say.
The Weight-loss Information Network explains how osteoarthritis and overweight are related, and what you can do to reduce your risk:
Excess weight can cause greater strain on the joints, resulting in wear on the joints and increased risk of osteoarthritis.
The more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have inflammation.
Losing 5 percent or more of your body weight can help to reduce strain on your joints.
Regular exercise can help curb both weight gain and osteoarthritis.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:
Control your weight
Lower your risk of heart disease
Lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Lower your risk of some cancers
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mental health and mood
Increase your chances of living longer
Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first. But even ten minutes at a time is fine. The key is to find the right exercise for you or consult a fitness professional to assist with your fitness goals.