Putting on Weight Linked to Osteoarthritis of the Knee 

Putting on Weight Linked to Osteoarthritis of the Knee 

  • Women holding knee

If you’ve ever baled hay, you know that the more hay you throw, the more worn out you become. Eventually, you get so tired that you can’t throw a single extra bale onto the hay wagon. If you bale hay too many days in a row, you can get to the point that it takes more than a good night’s sleep for you to bounce back. If you did it long enough, the wear and tear of throwing hay could cause a serious shoulder injury.   

Standing up may not seem much like throwing hay, but every time you stand up, your knees support your entire body, which is much heavier than a bale of hay. Like your shoulders, your knees can suffer wear and tear from managing too much weight for too long. For every 10 pounds you gain, the pressure on your knees goes up by 15 to 50 pounds. This is why osteoarthritis of the knees is increasing right along with obesity. If you gain enough weight, your knees can give out even worse than your shoulders after too many hay seasons.  

One of the best ways to avoid knee replacement surgery is to keep off the extra weight, strengthen the muscles around the joint with regular exercise and eat a nutritious diet.  

If you already suffer from severe osteoarthritis of the knee, losing weight can help delay knee replacement surgery.  

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