January 20, 2019
Knee pain
Wellness Tip

Modest Weight Loss May Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis

by Berkeley Wellness  

Even modest weight loss may help overweight people avoid knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a Dutch study in Arthritis Care & Research.

Among 353 overweight or obese women enrolled in a diet and exercise program, those who lost 5 percent of their weight over 2½ years were much less likely to develop knee OA than those who didn’t lose weight. Weight loss can also reduce symptoms in people who already have knee OA, as shown in a second study in the same journal, which included 1,383 overweight or obese participants with the disorder. Those who lost 8 percent of their body weight during an intensive 18-week diet and exercise program experienced less pain and improved mobility and quality of life compared to those who lost minimal weight.

About one in seven people will eventually develop knee OA, which becomes more common with age and with increasing body weight.

Also see Weight Loss: Every Little Bit Counts and Best Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis.