Osteoarthritis Weight Loss Plan: 8 Strategies to Reduce Pain

The biggest benefit of weight loss for osteoarthritis patients is pain relief. Learn how to lose weight safely with these diet and exercise strategies.

Osteoarthritis (OA) Is the most common type of arthritis affecting the joints, mainly the joints of the hands, knees, hips, and back. OA is often the result of wear and tear on articular cartilage—the cushion between the bone and joints.

No medication can slow down the wear and tear process. The one thing that does help slow down OA is weight loss, which can ease OA pain and lower the chances of joint damage and the need for joint surgery down the road.  

It is unclear how weight influences OA, but many doctors agree that being overweight can increase the load placed on the joints. According to one 2014 report in Obesity Reviews, losing as little as 10 pounds can decrease the progression of knee OA by up to 50%. One major reason for this is a reduced burden on your joints.

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SOURCE: Verywell Health