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Overweight and risk of Osteoarthritis

People who are overweight are known to be more likely to get osteoarthritis in the knee. Osteoarthritis can causing pain in the knee and also inhibits daily activities. From some of joint disorders, osteoarthritis is joint disorder most often found.

Osteoarthritis (OA, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease), is a group of diseases and mechanical abnormalities entailing degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and the subchondral bone next to it. Clinical symptoms of OA may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, inflammation, creaking, and locking of joints. (Wikipedia)

Why do people who are overweight often suffer from this disorder? If you are overweight, you put the extra weight on the joints, especially the knees. The pain will increase if you conduct some activities such as walking, up and down stairs, standing for too long or move suddenly. Greatest Osteoarthritis risk found in those whose weight was normal at age 18 but were overweight at 45 or older.

The data that was published by the World Health Organization (WHO), said 40 percent of the population over the age of 70 years will suffer from knee osteoarthritis and 80 percent of them have an impact on limited motion.

Left untreated, osteoarthritis can cause permanent damage to the bone. Form of bone can turn into either bent into or out. You should be wary because osteoarthritis has long-term impact.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, it would be difficult to cure. Of course doctor can provide a painkiller, anti-inflammatory or drug for cartilage to grow back, but you must reduce your activity and lower your body weight.
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