Os­teoarthri­tis and Body Weight

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If you’re over­weight, you’re at greater risk of de­vel­op­ing os­teoarthri­tis – par­tic­u­larly of the knees. Why? Ex­perts be­lieve that ex­tra stress on the weight-bear­ing joints dam­ages car­ti­lage. Ac­cord­ing to one study, the risk of knee os­teoarthri­tis in­creases by 36 per cent with every five kilo­grams of weight gain, and even a ten per cent weight loss can sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove over­all func­tion. While los­ing weight is im­por­tant, re­duc­ing your per­cent­age of body fat and in­creas­ing your mus­cle strength can also help en­hance mo­bil­ity. If you have os­teo­poro­sis in the knees, you should strengthen your quadri­ceps (up­per thigh mus­cles). The stronger they are, the more strain they can take off your knees.

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