Let’s face it, weight gain has been a problem of a lot of people- men and women, young or old. Gaining too much weight causes many health problems such as, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, blood clots and stroke, infertility, irregular menses, fatty liver disease, depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Moreover, there is a strong connection between arthritis pain and body weight.
Excess Weight Gain and Your Joints
According to an online Arthritis research article, being 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step. The excess weight burdens the knee, increases stress and could speed up cartilage breakdown. But arthritis or joint disorders can also occur in the hands, knees, hips, back, and neck. The excess weight may not have stressed these areas, but the excess weight affects the circulation of blood, causing such problems.
Lose Weight, Feel Great!
Losing weight is easier said and planned than done. A lot of people have been struggling to shed off some pounds, but it is harder a task when you already have arthritis. Running, jogging, and aerobics are high impact exercises that can put too much stress on the joints, so doctors recommend against these activities. Although the pain and damage is already there, losing excess weight could ease the pain and could prevent the progression of the arthritis damage. Swimming, cycling (on a stationary bike), yoga and tai chi are some of the activities that are highly recommended for patients with arthritis, not only to lose weight but also to strengthen and improve their overall health.
There are also exercises or weight loss programs especially designed for each patient, it really depends on the area affected and the extent of the damage. Enhancement therapies are also great options to consider.