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Weight Loss Can Prevent – And Treat – Inflammation-Related Conditions Like Arthritis

March 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A review of scientific literature on the impact of shedding pounds on patients with arthritis has found that weight loss can lessen pain and restore function and quality of lifes, according to U.S. scientists. In addition, weight loss among obese patients could possibly avert about 111,000 total knee replacements every year. The researchers stressed that weight loss, through reduction of white adipose tissue, reduces an underlying cause of inflammation in the body. It therefore can help treat inflammation-related conditions like hypertension, insulin resistance and arthritis, and can help prevent their onset. Weight loss also reduces the stress on joints that leads to wear and tear and pain.
R. C. Koonce et al., "Obesity and Osteoarthritis: More Than Just Wear and Tear", Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 08, 2013, © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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