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Moderate Weight Loss Can Reduce The Development Of Osteoarthritis

by Aruna on  October 21, 2009 at 9:33 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Moderate Weight Loss Can Reduce The Development Of Osteoarthritis
According to a study, losing even a moderate amount of weight could help cut down the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knees.
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Data from an ongoing study by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, revealed people who are overweight and shed just 5 percent of their weight were less likely to develop knee OA, a common joint disease affecting middle-aged and older people, compared to people who gain weight.

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Lead researcher Lauren Abbate, also a medical student at UNC, along with her team based their research on data from the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a leading study of arthritis.

She said: "We hear a lot of messages about how obesity affects cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but arthritis is often overlooked.

"OA is painful and debilitating. Effective treatments are limited and there's not a cure. But if we can get people to lose weight we may reduce their risk and reduce the pain and disability associated with this condition."

She added: "It was our hope that people who maintained weight would have reduced risk, but obesity is such a strong risk factor for OA, that maintaining weight showed no significant benefit."

The knee OA paper was presented at the American College of Rheumatology scientific meeting in Philadelphia.

Source: ANI
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