Orlando, FL — April 4, 2016 — Being obese or overweight carries along certain disadvantages, and one is directed on a person’s health. The good news is that there are methods obese individuals can resort to for increasing their immunity against various conditions.

Weight loss is one of the best knee cartilage preservation techniques in obese people. It is not a secret that excess pounds of weight can significantly contribute to the stress being placed on the knee cap.  Being obese or overweight is even thought to be a risk factor of certain conditions such as arthritis.

In a study, it was found that cartilage degeneration slowed down among obese individuals who were able to lose 10 percent of their body weight. The slow degeneration of cartilage was more apparent in the weight-bearing regions of the joint.

The study presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, IL also seemed to agree.

The researchers tried to determine the link between the progression of knee cartilage degeneration and different amounts of weight loss. The participants were more than 500 obese and overweight individuals. It was found that those who eliminated more than 10 percent of their body weight experienced a slower degeneration on the knee cartilage.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that takes place when there is a progressive loss of the joint cartilage. When the disease progresses, there are sufferers who resort to knee replacement surgeries.

Obesity and age are among the risk factors of the condition. Obesity is believed to put extra weight on and stress the joints, especially in the knees and hips. Fat tissue is also believed to increase inflammation-promoting proteins.

According to Study leader Dr. Alexandra Gersing, from the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), cartilage loss caused by osteoarthritis cannot be reversed. However, obese individuals who try to lose weight can slow down the progression of the condition.

To lose weight, arthritis sufferers should follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. They should engage in regular exercise on a daily basis. It is similarly important that they eat the right kind of food, and this means consuming fruits and vegetables.

There are also natural remedies such as glucosamine that are believed to help repair cartilage damage. Glucosamine is also thought to be effective in strengthening joint health. Glucosamine is a widely used natural alternative to pain medications, and is particularly popular among athletes and individuals with arthritis (amazon.com/Glucosamine-Sulfate-Supplement-2000mg-serving/dp/B0126ZF0B0/).
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