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Obesity increases risk of osteoarthritis of the knee 2.8-fold
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Being obese increases the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee 2.8-fold according to a study from Norway which followed 1675 people aged 24-76 years for ten years from 1994 and 2004.
The risk increased as a person's weight increased. Conclusion
Conclusion: Obesity increases osteoarthritis of the knee
“A high BMI was significantly associated with knee [osteoarthritis] and hand [osteoarthritis], but not with hip [osteoarthritis],” the researchers concluded.
Grotle M, Hagen K, Natvig B, Dahl F, Kvien T. Obesity and osteoarthritis in knee, hip and/or hand: An epidemiological study in the general population with 10 years follow-up. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008 Oct 2, 9(1):132.
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