Weight Loss Can Reduce Arthritis Risk: Heres How

Not sure if weight may be a factor in your arthritis pain? A measure of your Body Mass Index can tell you.

It should come as no surprise by now to learn that excess body weight places added stress on your joints, primarily on your hips and knees. In fact, the force exerted on your knees and hips while walking is nearly three times your body weight; and if youre overweight and suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), the excess force on your joints can lead to worsening pain and loss of function. You can tell how you measure up by determining your Body Mass Index (BMI), the tool at right that doctors use to measure your weight as it relates to you height.
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