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Osteoarthritis Risk Factor – Obesity

May 9, 2011
Risk Factor - Obesity

Risk Factor - Obesity

Studies have consistently shown that being overweight will increase your likelihood of developing knee osteoarthritis.  Obesity is a clear risk factor.  Being overweight increases the load placed on the knee joint.  This increased stress could hasten the breakdown of cartilage.

Scientific estimates put the stress on a knee joint at 3 to 6 times a person’s body weight while walking.  The more you weight the more stress you place on your knees with every step you take.  Some studies have also shown that being overweight increases the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in the hands.  This suggests that circulation may also play a role in how osteoarthritis develops.



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