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The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

Almost 50% of people living in the United States will develop osteoarthritis of the knee by the age of 85.  That number jumps to 66% in the obese.  A study performed at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that a person’s risk to develop knee OA increases as their body mass index increases.

The study suggested that those at the greatest risk were people who had normal body weight at the age of eighteen but gained weight and became obese became by the time they were 45 or older.

So how do you exercise and lose weight if your knee hurts?  Knee braces work.  Knee braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most major HMOs and PPOs.