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Weight loss really is beneficial in knee osteoarthritis

Issue 40 Synovium (Spring 2014)

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We have all advised overweight and obese patients to lose weight to reduce the severity of symptoms in knee osteoarthritis. There is now some evidence to support the advice.1 A recent trial involving 113 obese patients with OA knee found that over the follow up period (mean 2.3 years) weight loss was associated with a reduced loss of tibial articular cartilage, reduced knee pain and improved knee function (as measured on the WOMAC score). Conversely weight increase was associated with precisely the opposite findings. 

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