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How can weight loss help your knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

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If you're overweight, you can cut your pain when you shed a few pounds. It can ease pressure on your joints, reduce inflammation, and help you get around more easily.

Even if you don't have knee OA now, you may cut your risk of getting it if you keep your weight under control.

SOURCES:

Christensen, R. , January 2005. Osteoarthritis Cartilage

Messier, S. , July 2005. Arthritis & Rheumatitis

Messier, S , 2013. . JAMA

Peeler, J. , 2015. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine

Arthritis Foundation: "Benefits of Weight Loss."

Cleveland Clinic: "If You Lose Weight, You Can Lose Joint Pain Too."

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Role of Body Weight in Osteoarthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Christensen, R. , January 2005. Osteoarthritis Cartilage

Messier, S. , July 2005. Arthritis & Rheumatitis

Messier, S , 2013. . JAMA

Peeler, J. , 2015. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine

Arthritis Foundation: "Benefits of Weight Loss."

Cleveland Clinic: "If You Lose Weight, You Can Lose Joint Pain Too."

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Role of Body Weight in Osteoarthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

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