The human skeletal system is equipped with an
amazing system consisting of cartilage tissue and synovial fluid at the joints
that protects it from wear and tear, and ensures that the joints keep
functioning properly. However, due to many factors like old age, physical
injury or trauma, and genetic factors, this system doesn't function to the
Osteoarthritis is an orthopedic condition
wherein the cartilage (protective layer between two bones in contact that
protects them from friction) wears away, leading to joint pain and possibly
swelling. Obesity, old age and injury are the main causes of osteoarthritis.
Recent studies suggest that consumption of soda
and other sugary drinks may lead to progression of the disease and worsening of
the symptoms in men. It was previously thought that consumption of sugary
drinks leads to an increase in body weight, which may lead to obesity, one of
the major causes of osteoarthritis of the knee. However, there exist more
interrelations between soda consumption and osteoarthritis progression.
DrPh. Lu, assistant professor of medicine at
Harvard Medical School confirmed that the study took into account the effects
of soda consumption on both obese and non-obese men. It was revealed that the
worsening of knee osteoarthritis was observed only among non-obese men, ruling
out the earlier possibility. Furthermore, this theory also showed negative
results in a study conducted on women having osteoarthritis.
Obese or thin, drinking soda and other sugary drinks
may actually worsen your condition.