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5 Things You Shouldn't Do if You Have Osteoarthritis


Updated October 29, 2011

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Don't Carry Excess Body Weight
5 Things You Shouldn't Do if You Have Osteoarthritis
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You should not be overweight if you have osteoarthritis. Carrying excess body weight adds stress and burden to your joints. This is especially true of weight-bearing joints. The force of 3 to 6 times your body weight is exerted across the knee when you walk or run. Imagine, if you are 10 pounds overweight, the force on your knee increases between 30 to 60 pounds with each step you take while walking. The force across the hip increases too.

Increasing the burden on a joint leads to further destruction and more pain. As your joint deteriorates, so will your quality of life. Concentrate on eating healthy and getting back to your ideal weight. Make a commitment to yourself that you will focus on shedding extra pounds.

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