Joint Pain – Why Weight Matters!
Are your joints causing you pain?
If you are having twinges of joint pain in your hips or knees when you go for a walk or climb stairs, it is time to check your weight. You could also be worried about arthritis perhaps because it is in the family, and every little twinge of pain may be sending you into a panic that it is attacking you as well.
Of course, it is not impossible that arthritis might be present, but if you are overweight or obese, you are definitely adding fuel to the fire.
Overweight raises your risk of developing the most common joint problem, osteoarthritis, which is mainly due to wear and tear on a joint. Excess weight puts extra strain on weight-bearing joints like the knee for example. Studies have shown that when walking on level ground the pressure on the knees is equivalent to about one and a half times your body weight. Walking uphill or climbing stairs, the pressure is about twice your body weight.
It is obvious that the more weight there is on a joint, the more likely it will wear down, get damaged, and increase your risk of arthritis.
Health problems relating to obesity.
Most people, if asked to name a health problem relating to obesity, will probably reply, heart disease and diabetes. And they would be correct! Overweight has a strong connection to those chronic diseases.
Less well-known is the fact that obesity can dramatically increase the risk of osteoarthritis, and in all cases, worsen the symptoms of arthritis.
Body fat is an active tissue, (not just a lump of flesh) that creates and releases chemicals, many of which cause inflammation. It is something of a vicious circle because the greater the excess fat – the more the inflammation, and the worse the joint pains.
Why weight should be kept in check.
- Prevent excess joint stress and reduce pain. Losing just a little weight will go a long way towards reducing the pressure on the joints, and slowing down wear and tear.
- Losing excess body fat can lower the amount of inflammation-promoting chemicals released into the bloodstream.
- Studies have shown that losing weight can lower uric acid levels, and the more weight you lose, the greater the effect it has on bringing down uric acid levels.
- Lower uric acid levels can reduce the risk of developing gout, which is a type of very painful inflammatory arthritis that attacks the joints.
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Harvard Medical School.
Boston University School of Medicine.
Professor Jeffrey Katz, Women’s Hospital, Boston. Orthopedics.