Weight Management and Arthritis
Body weight plays a key part to arthritis, especially the three common types (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout). Excess weight places additional pressure on weight-bearing joints. A landmark study has found one lb of weight-loss lessens four lbs of pressure on the knees, per step. For those with inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, carrying more body weight could reduce the chance of achieving remission.
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