Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Relieved by Weight Loss

A  one year Danish study of 192 obese patients found those who maintain weight loss report 15% less osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain. An initial 16-week intensive weight loss intervention was followed by randomization to 3 maintenance groups: continuing dietary intervention, knee exercise program, and no intervention. All three groups experienced significantly reduced pain. and the dietary intervention group lost the most…

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Exercise and Diet Helps Knee Pain

An 18 month study found diet and exercise combined resulted in better outcomes for knee osteoarthritis than either alone for overweight and obese patients. Pain, inflammation, quality of life and pain strongly favored the combined approach. All subjects were sedentary at baseline. The diets focused on reducing calories to encourage weight loss. Those on the combined…

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Save Your Knees with Moderate Exercise

An abstract of a presentation made at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) suggests that too much exercise may accelerate the degeneration of knee cartilage in healthy adults. These MRI-based results come from a 4-year study of 205 individuals, aged 45-60 years, who exercised at various intensity levels. Although the definition of "too much"…

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Losing Weight Protects Knee Cartilage

Australian researchers have reported that weight loss can result in improved knee cartilidge structure and reduced loss of thickness. This study involved 111 obese patients who lost an average of 20.3 pounds in a years time. Weight loss of as little as 7% of body weight preserved cartilage quality, which in turn improved range of…

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Popular Joint Supplements Found Wanting

A meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials of glucosamine and chondroitin alone or in combination and placebo has found these products give no benefit over the placebo for the relief of hip or knee pain. Six of these trials also found they had no effect on joint-space narrowing.PositiveTip: While apparently safe, strong evidence suggests taking…

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Is One Leg Longer than the Other?

A 30-month prospective study of nearly 3000 adults has discovered that even less than 1/4 inch of difference in leg length nearly doubled the risk of osteoarthritis. It is estimated that up to 70% of the population have one leg shorter than the other. This study strengthens the evidence that unequal leg length is a cause of…

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