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How can i reduce body weight which help in reducing the osteoarthritis knee pains?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Swim, bike, eat less: A person's back, hips, knees, and ankles take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen joint problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the joint problems were from other diseases or injuries, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the joints have to endure.
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Diet: Diet, diet. Consistency in diet and exercise.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Weight loss: Eat healthful mini-meals 4-6 times a day; lean meats, plenty of low glycemic fruits & veggies, whole grains, nuts, healthful fats (olive/canola) avoid fast food, sugary drinks, high fructose corn syrup & artificial sweeteners other than sweet n low or stevia. Daily exercise to burn off calories. If taking meds than may cause weight gain, ask doc for alternatives. Walking & water exercises work wel.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Will losing body weight help in reducing the osteoarthritis knee pains?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Wt loss+exercise: Modest weight loss plus moderate exercise tof ether have been shown to be better than either intervention alone in overweight (bmi>28) individuals; both aerobic and strength training exercise programs have even shown to help reduce pain and improve function in people with knee osteoarthritis. Talk to your doctor about how to get started. Good luck!

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