Weight loss can be a pain. But not losing weight (or continually gaining weight) could be even more painful—particularly on your joints. Gaining weight puts a lot of extra stress and strain on your knees, which bear the brunt of the excess pounds. The added pressure increases wear and tear on the joints, contributing to osteoarthritis. On the contrary, when you lose weight, it can really take a load off (literally).
Research has shown that every lost pound subtracts four pounds of pressure from the knees for each step taken. That means by losing just 10 pounds, the knees received 48,000 fewer pounds of pressure for every mile walked.
The leading cause of disability in the United States, osteoarthritis (OA), is a complex, degenerative joint disease with several established risk factors. For osteoarthritis of the knee, the most important modifiable risk factor is obesity. The American College of Rheumatology recommends weight loss and exercise to reduce the painful and incapacitating symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knees.
Ogden Clinic’s Medical Weight Loss team understands that weight loss isn’t easy. It’s not only about eating less and exercising more; there are many tools available from our weight loss physicians that can help you lose the excess pounds and sustain a healthy weight over the long term.
If you’re overweight, dropping a few excess pounds can reduce the wear and tear on your knees. Beyond that, losing just 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight can lower your odds of developing heart disease or having a stroke. And when combined with exercising at a moderate level of effort for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, it can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Weight loss doesn’t happen the same way for everyone. For some people, a little exercise means the pounds melt right off. For others, the body may refuse to respond seemingly no matter how much time a person devotes to their diet and exercise regime. As a weight loss physician, Dr. Rohn Rigby and his team understand many of factors that impact the body when a person is attempting to lose weight. Factors like metabolism, activity level, genetics, and hormones all contribute to weight loss and all of these will be assessed before you begin a weight loss regimen.
To learn more about weight loss for osteoarthritis, give us a call or visit our website at utahmedicalweightloss.com.