Obese people 'can avoid knee damage by losing weight'

30 November 2015

Losing a substantial amount of weight can help to avoid the degeneration of knee cartilage among obese people, according to a new study.

Conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, the research investigated the association between different degrees of weight loss and the progression of knee cartilage degeneration in 506 overweight and obese patients.

It was found that weight loss has a protective effect against cartilage degeneration, and that a larger amount of weight loss was more beneficial. Weight reduction also helped to bring down patients' risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Lead study author Dr Alexandra Gersing, from the department of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, said: "Cartilage degenerated a lot slower in the group that lost more than ten per cent of their body weight, especially in the weight-bearing regions of the knee."

According to the researchers, lifestyle interventions to help overweight people to shed their excess pounds would be a beneficial step, particularly if they can be implemented as early as possible.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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