Health Tip: Losing Weight May Help Against Osteoarthritis
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Too much weight can strain joints
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Losing any extra weight can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, experts say.
The Weight-loss Information Network explains how osteoarthritis and overweight are related, and what you can do to reduce your risk:
- Excess weight can cause greater strain on the joints, resulting in wear on the joints and increased risk of osteoarthritis.
- The more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have inflammation.
- Losing 5 percent or more of your body weight can help to reduce strain on your joints.
- Regular exercise can help curb both weight gain and osteoarthritis.
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