Frequent question: Is being overweight a risk factor for osteoarthritis?

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Will osteoarthritis go away if I lose weight?

Weight loss can prevent onset of osteoarthritis, relieve symptoms, improve function and increase quality of life. Results from the Framingham study have demonstrated that weight loss reduces the risk for OA in women.

What is the biggest risk factor for osteoarthritis?

Obesity. Carrying extra body weight contributes to osteoarthritis in several ways, and the more you weigh, the greater your risk. Increased weight adds stress to weight-bearing joints, such as your hips and knees. Also, fat tissue produces proteins that can cause harmful inflammation in and around your joints.

Does obesity put you at risk for arthritis?

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to get knee osteoarthritis than people who are not overweight. Excess weight can also make knee osteoarthritis worse. Extra weight puts more stress on joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees.

How much weight can you lose with osteoarthritis?

Stephen P. Messier of Wake Forest University found that 10% weight loss can improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis in obese and overweight older adults.

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Does walking worsen osteoarthritis?

Doctor’s Response. Exercise, including walking, can be beneficial for osteoarthritis patients. Exercise can help to reduce pain and increase quality of life. Lack of exercise can lead to more joint stiffness, muscle weakness and tightness, and loss of joint motion.

What is not considered a risk factor for osteoarthritis?

Non-modifiable risk factors for OA include age, sex, ethnicity, genetics, previous history of injury or joint trauma. Potentially modifiable risk factors for OA include excess weight, certain occupations and sports, joint injury (injury prevention), joint malalignment and quadriceps weakness.

Do Skinny people get osteoarthritis?

People who lost five to 10 percent of their body weight had lower rates of cartilage degeneration compared to people whose weight remained stable. Weight loss is not a magic ‘cure all’ for osteoarthritis as thin people can develop it and suffer from worsening symptoms.

Does losing weight help arthritis pain?

Weight loss eases arthritis pain and improves the quality of life of adults living with arthritis, especially if they are overweight or have obesity.

Is osteoarthritis a disability?

Is Osteoarthritis a Disability? Osteoarthritis can be considered a disability by the SSA. You can get Social Security disability with osteoarthritis. When you apply for disability benefits, your diagnosis and medical evidence to back up your diagnosis needs to match a listing outlined in the SSA’s Blue Book.

How hard is it to get disability for osteoarthritis?

In order to be approved for SSDI benefits, your documentation and medical records will need to show that you meet one or more of the listing requirements and that the pain you suffer from osteoarthritis is severe enough to keep you from working and it impacts your ability to perform your routine daily tasks.

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How can I reverse osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can be reversible by chondroprotective agents if the following conditions are met:

  1. cartilage remains intact over joint surfaces;
  2. subchondral bone is intact;
  3. lifestyle changes to reduce pressure on affected joint are followed;
  4. analgesic use is kept to a minimum or ideally, not used;