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OA and Weight Loss

March 22, 2013

Just as gaining weight can lead to osteoarthritis, losing weight may treat it.

It is well known that obesity is bad for your knees.  No one would be surprised to hear that high body weight speeds up joint degradation, or that it increases knee pain.  While it is well documented that weight loss decreases the stress on the knee, and so reduces knee pain, recent research has shown that weight loss can do much more.

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Koonce found that weight loss could reduce the need for knee replacements in the USA by up to 50%.  This means that weight loss alone could protect you from osteoarthritis so that you don’t need to risk surgical or pharmaceutical treatments, and can avoid months of therapy.

This research suggests that weight loss may be effective as a primary treatment method for addressing osteoarthritis of the knee.  And while a doctor may help you with your diet, you can do it yourself for free.  So why not add dieting and excersize to your routine and watch your pain disappear?

OA and Vitamin K

March 7, 2013

The vitamin K in these vegetables can reduce the risk and progression of osteoarthritis.

Vitamin K, commonly found in leafy green vegetables, may reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that vitamin K deficiency was positively associated with knee osteoarthritis.  These results validate long-held cultural beliefs that vegetables are good for your health, and quantify one specific way in which they may improve your quality of life.  This study simply identifies a correlation between vitamin K deficiency and osteoarthritis, but that does not mean that adding vitamin K to your diet cannot improve your health now.

In fact, an independent study by the Boston University School of Medicine found that patients who recieved Vitamin K exhibited decreased osteoarthritic symptoms.  Adding vitamin K reduces knee pain, and decreases the rate of joint degeneration.  It may even be possible that it will accelerate healing.

So before you take medication and before you risk surgery, why not try a simple dietary solution?  Adding these vegetables could make your pain more manageable.