People who are overweight are especially prone to osteoarthritis of the knees. Losing weight can be challenging, but a new study shows that it is well worth the effort.
Researchers compared diet alone, exercise alone and a combination of diet and exercise in 454 overweight older people with knee pain. The study lasted 18 months.
Diet and exercise together led to both better weight loss and less knee pain. These study subjects also had less inflammation, better function, faster walking speed and better quality of life. The investigators conclude that intensive weight loss has both anti-inflammatory and biomechanical benefits.
We offer descriptions of three evidence-based diet plans and recipes for delicious meals rich in anti-inflammatory compounds such as ginger, pomegranate or turmeric in our book from National Geographic, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies. As for the exercise, walking is a great start. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. An inexpensive pedometer can help you count. Then if your doctor gives you the OK, add resistance training for added benefit.