Monday, April 19, 2010

Obesity Causes Knees to Suffer

Obesity leads to a wide range of health problems including osteoarthritis, which can play havoc with your joints, especially the hips and knees.

A Canadian study examined the relationship between obesity and hip- or knee-replacement surgery, noting that 81% of joint replacement patients were classified as overweight or obese. Luckily, most knee problems can be avoided:

Assume a Healthier Weight. Carrying around that extra fat puts needless wear and tear on your joints and spinal discs, impairing proper function.

Strengthen Leg Muscles. Something as simple and inexpensive as walking or climbing stairs can do wonders to strengthen your knees.

Wear Supportive Shoes. When properly fitted, shoe orthotics help support the arches of your feet, giving your entire body a more stable platform.

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