Excess weight cna lead to osteoarthritis (OA) or worsen pain after diagnosis. But managing weight and eating healthy don’t need to be a difficult task.
Obesity is not a direct cause of osteoarthritis, but excess weight can put added stress on joints, cause cartilage to break down and make damaged joints feel worse.
According to Arthritis Today magazine, weight management is critical once a patient has been diagnosed with OA. Losing 10 pounds can take as much as 30 pounds of stress of of the knees.
Common physical activities, such as going up and down stairs or stepping off curves can be traumatic events for an overweight OA suferrer.
Weight bearing joints like the hips, knees and back are most at risk for development of OA, but recent research has shown that overweight women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis in their hands, wrists and fingers, so there may be a systemic effect to excess fat in addition to a pressure effect.
Weight control leads to better health and better outcomes for people with arthritis.