18
Sep

Get Your Weight In Check for Joint Health!

Did you know that approximately one-third of overweight people suffer from either arthritis or chronic joint pain?  According to a Wake Forest University study of patients diagnosed with knee ostheoarthritis, when 10 pounds of weight was lost, 40 pounds of pressure was lifted from the knee.  Pretty incredible,  but it makes total sense, right?

Our joints carry the weight of our bodies. The more weight you have to carry, the harder it is for your joints to work properly.  Even small changes in weight can significantly affect the joint pain experienced by an individual. Don’t believe that? Try a simple test of carrying 15 pounds of weight while doing all of your normal daily activities.

Even small weight changes make a big difference because joint forces in the hips and knees increase about three times that weight with normal walking. This means that 15 pounds of extra body weight are felt by the knees as an extra 45 pounds.

We know that the chance of developing arthritis is strongly associated with body weight. Yes, there are thin people with arthritis and heavy people with healthy joints.

But overall, the chance of developing arthritis in your joints is strongly associated with your body weight. People with a high body mass index (BMI) tend to get arthritis at a younger age.” https://www.verywellhealth.com/joint-pain-and-obesity-2549255

The renowned Cleveland Clinic cites in its research that more than 2/3 of the United States population is overweight or obese.

“Joints in your body’s lower half — particularly your knees and hips — bear most of your load,” says Robert Bolash, MD, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “That’s why years of carrying around excess weight can cause achy, swollen, stiff joints and even full-blown osteoarthritis.”  Dr. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center says, “Maintaining an ideal body weight is important, and if overweight, losing as little as 11 pounds can decrease the progression of your knee arthritis by 50 percent,”

If you’re currently overweight , jump on board and join the Vfinity movement to take back control of your health and wellness!  In the case of joint pain, losing weight takes pressure off of your joints resulting in less pain and discomfort.  Losing weight will also prevent further damage to your joints, allowing you the ability to move your body more and get around better!

 

Sounds like a WIN-WIN to us!

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