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What can you do to lose weight when you have knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

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You can try diet, exercise, or a combination of both. If you're very overweight or have other health problems, talk to your doctor about other options like low-calorie diets, gastric surgery, or weight loss medications.

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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