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How much weight do you need to lose when you have knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

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Even small changes in your weight can make a difference. If you shed just 1 pound, you'll take 4 pounds of pressure off of your knees. Drop 10 pounds and you'll take 40 pounds of pressure off.

The more pounds you lose, the better. If you're overweight, experts suggest you aim for 10% of how much you weigh now. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds now, try to lose 20 pounds. Aim for a loss of 1-2 pounds a week.

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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