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What is the diet for a woman who has osteoarthritis and wants to lose weight?

What is the diet for a woman who has osteoarthritis and wants to lose weight?

Lots of vegetables: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour products. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and 3-4 oz protein with each meal 5 hours apart. Consider gluten and dairy free. Google nightshade sensitivity and read about it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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

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

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! ...Read more

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I'm 54 and female. I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. What kind of exercises can I do to lose weight without hurting myself knees areWhat exercises?

I'm 54 and female. I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. What kind of exercises can I do to lose weight without hurting myself knees areWhat exercises?

Wrong forum: You need to discuss this with your own rheumatologist first. The answer depends on the joints involved and the severity of the involvement. As one cannot examine you over the internet one cannot give you a soecific answer. ...Read more

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I suffer from advanced knee osteoarthritis. What exercise can I do to lose weight given that even walking is very painful?

I suffer from advanced knee osteoarthritis. What exercise can I do to lose weight given that even walking is very painful?

Avoid weightbearing: Unfortunately it's not great that at 50 you have severe knee osteoarthritis. But you really don't want to do a knee replacement at your age until you try everything else. If you can lose weight with non weight bearing activities such as cycling elliptical and swimming along with diet you may have less knee pain. ...Read more

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What can someone with osteoarthritis do to reduce body weight?

What can someone with osteoarthritis do to reduce body weight?

Restrict calories: I think the easiest way to lose weight to limit the number of calories you take in each day. So for example, a 160 lbs man who is 5'7" (so bmi is borderline overweight) who walks around ~1-2 miles/day (light daily activity), to lose 1 lbs/week, cannot each more than 1700 calories/day. This is roughly 2 cheesesteaks/day (with no sugar soda, juice, alcohol intake). http://tinyurl.com/cdmklx to start. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for a woman who has osteoarthritis and has to loose weight?

What is the best diet for a woman who has osteoarthritis and has to loose weight?

Anti-inflammatory: The anti- inflammatory diet is rich in vegetables, low in grains, avoids refined and processed foods, including sugar and alcohol. Includes fatty fish and flax. Spices like turmeric, ginger, rosemary, and frankincense are strongly anti- inflammatory. ...Read more

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Why is weight loss important for people with osteoarthritis?

Why is weight loss important for people with osteoarthritis?

They will feel bette: For every pound you weigh, you put 4 times your body weight across each knee with each step. So if you weigh 300 pounds, each knee is subject to 1200 pounds of force with each step. Therefore, if your cartilage is not normal (arthritis) it will suffer more stress due to the force (weight) it must deal with. On the flip side, even modest weight loss can significantly improve your pain. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more


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