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Arthritis Today

Lose Weight to Relieve Knee Pain

Good advice for losing weight and how doing so can help your knees.

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Obesity is the number one preventable risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee. Excess weight strains the knees, causing cartilage to wear away. In addition, fat cells are believed to produce inflammatory cytokines that contribute to arthritis. If you are overweight, even modest weight loss can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis and its progression. Weight loss will also reduce some of the stress of the knee, which can be helpful, regardless of the problem.

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