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    U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 9: Osteoarthritis

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    Friday, December 10, 2004 10:00 am Email this article
    Being overweight increases the risk of osteoarthritis more so in women than men. For every 2.2 pound increase in weight, the risk of osteoarthritis increases by an estimated 9 to 13 percent. 7-11 lbs associated with osteoarthritis in twins

    Twins with knee osteoarthritis were generally 6.6 to 11 pounds heavier than the co-twin with no disease.

    12-14 lbs loss reduces risk of developing osteoarthritis by 50%

    A two unit decrease in BMI—roughly a 12 pound weight loss in women and 14 pound weight loss in men—reduces the risk of osteoarthritis by 50 percent over a 10-year period, whereas weight gain was associated with a slight increase in risk.

    Weight loss reduces knee pain more than hip pain

    Weight loss causes a greater reduction in pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee than of the hip. (p. 17)


    Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, [1998]. NIH publication No. 98-4083.

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