Pain Does not Just Show Up without a Reason, Its a Sign That We Need to Change Something
Research has shown that, during walking, the hips, knees, and ankles bear 3 to 5 times a person’s total body weight. For every pound a person is overweight, 3 to 5 pounds of extra weight is added to each knee during walking. In contrast, a 10 pound weight loss essentially relieves 30 to 50 pounds of additional stress on the joints.
If you have arthritis, extra pounds burden your joints and leads to increased inflammation and pain. Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear type of arthritis, is more common among overweight people and if they have a body mass index 35 or over they have a 35% increase risk for needing total knee replacement.
Studies have indicated that losing extra weight lowers the risk for developing osteoarthritis of the knee and can slow the progression of arthritis. If you lost just 10 lbs. your knee joints would be subject to a total of 48,000 less pounds of pressure for every mile you walk. Multiply this change in workload over an average lifespan and you get a compelling case for weight loss as an approach to alleviate knee pain.
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