The Link Between Your Weight and Osteoarthritis

As the most common joint disorder, osteoarthritis (OA) affects almost 33 million adults in America. And if you’re overweight or obese, you’re 4-5 times more likely to develop this painful and degenerative disease.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing OA and other dangerous health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, while lowering the number on your scale. 

At Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, our providers help patients lose weight and keep it off with our professional weight management program. We know that losing excess weight can reduce your risks of developing osteoarthritis and also help you manage its symptoms. 

The link between weight and osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage in a joint breaks down. Cartilage serves to protect the ends of your bones. When it breaks down, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling can result. As it progresses, it may become difficult to move the joint. 

When you’re overweight or obese, you place a heavier load on your joints. This increases the stress your joints experience and speeds up the breakdown of this protective tissue. For example, being just 10 pounds overweight increases the stress on your knees by 30-60 pounds with each step you take.

In addition, research suggests that being overweight also increases your risk of developing OA, because excess fat can affect other parts of your body. For example, excess fat can trigger the endocrine system to release certain chemicals that can damage cartilage and cause inflammation. This can hasten cartilage breakdown and lead to osteoarthritis.

The good news is that losing weight can decrease your risk of developing OA, lessen the severity of your symptoms if you have OA, and slow the disease’s progression over time. 

Professional weight management

Losing weight isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. You have unique needs, so you need a weight-loss plan that’s customized to meet your needs and lifestyle. 

The team at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers will work with you to create a customized weight-loss program that will consider your unique body and lifestyle. Our program incorporates many elements that can help you achieve your goals, including:

Our weight-loss experts will also monitor your ongoing health and wellness to ensure your well-being each step of the way. 

To learn more about the link between weight and osteoarthritis or get started on your weight loss journey, book an appointment online or over the phone with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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