According to studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, in Chicago, Arthritis of the knee is striking Americans at younger ages.However, shedding a few pounds helps reduce your risk.
Nearly, 6.5 million Americans ages 35 to 84 are projected to be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis in the next decade, based on the new projections.
Knee injuries are linked with an increased risk of knee arthritis. Certain sports are riskier than others, said researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Driban, assistant professor of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center.
Driban reviewed studies that looked at a link between sports participation and knee Osteo Arthritis and looked at the correlation between athletes and nonathletes.
While there were not great differences later in the amount of knee OA for former sports players and nonathletes, he did find a risk linked with the type of sport and level of participation.
The increased risk of arthritis in these participants varied from about threefold to more than sixfold compared to nonathletes.
If you are into exercise like me, don’t be dismayed by these findings. There is a silver lining in all of this research. Exercise and diet play a great role in these findings, which are only preliminary at this stage.
In another study by Dr. Stephen Messier of Wake Forest University, research showed that participants in a program of diet and exercise had less pain and improved mobility by as much as 50 percent in those with knee arthritis.
Adults with knee OA and pain were put in one of three groups for the 18-month program. One group dieted, one group exercised, one group did both.
There were 399 overweight men and women, that completed the study. The diet and exercise group lost the most weight, averaging 11.4 percent of their body weight. The diet-only group lost 9.5 percent; the exercise-only group lost 2.2 percent.
These findings are a great testament to exercise and diet programs as opposed to diet or exercise only programs.
Yeah Weight Watchers that promote healthy eating and exercise in their program. Full Disclosure, I am a member of Weight Watcher’s Online and believe that this is one of the best weight loss programs on the market. I have personally lost weight on the program and believe that it teaches and promotes healthy eating and exercise as a daily way of life.
The Wake Forest Study compared pain and mobility, and found that the diet and exercise group reported much less pain and had greater walking speed than the other groups. This makes perfect sense to me, since the frame is supporting less weight and the exercise is helping to keep the joints mobile and flexible.
I find that when I exercise only and do not eat healthy, I put more stress on my joints when I exercise. Eating unhealthy things slow my exercise down and makes it harder. It makes perfect sense that eating fried foods all the time would make someone lethargic and not be able to be as flexible with the body.
Since we are in the holiday time of year, where we are going to parties and being tempted with sweets and delicious foods, we can’t forget to take care of our bodies. I know that one of the common cop-outs is that “I will wait until after the holidays to lose weight”. This is a big mistake.
The Weight Watcher’s Online program has taught me how to make good healthy lifestyle choices every day and enjoy myself while at parties. It really is not rocket science. If you consistently eat bad things and don’t maintain a consistent exercise routine, you will be overweight or even obese. There are no excuses. It is all about lifestyle choices.
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