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Weight Loss Can Help Reduce Knee Pain From Arthritis

Update Date: Sep 25, 2013 08:33 AM EDT
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Researchers found that osteoarthritis patients who wore mobility shoes that increased flexibility had better movement and placed less pressure on their knees. (Photo : mikebaird/Flickr)

People suffering from arthritis can drastically improve their condition with exercise and healthy diet, new research reveals. 

Following some simple steps, people can easily get quick and dramatic relief from the knee pain from Arthritis. All they need to do is exercise for an hour three times a week and cutting their calorie intake.

“Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of chronic disability among older adults. Knee osteoarthritis is the most frequent cause of mobility dependency and diminished quality of life, and obesity is a major risk factor," said Dr Stephen Messier, of Wake Forest University, North Carolina, who also led the research.

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“Current treatments are inadequate. Of patients treated pharmacologically, only about half experience a 30 per cent pain reduction, usually without improved function,” he later added.

For the research 454 overweight and obese adults were taken under observation. The team carried out a study to determine if a 10 percent reduction in body with or without dieting could make a difference.

For nearly 18 months study, participants were assigned to one of the three groups namely a diet-and-exercise plan; a diet-only plan or an exercise-only program.

Compared with the exercise group, the diet and exercise group reported less knee pain. They also felt better function, faster walking speed and better physical health-related quality of life.

“One of our clearest messages to people with osteoarthritis of the knee is to lose weight if you’re overweight and to keep as physically fit and active as possible as research has shown that the benefits can be very great," said professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK.

Osteoarthritis affects around 8.5 million people in Britain.

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