Joint Problems from Overweight
A new Swedish study indicates that people who are only somewhat overweight face problems with their joints, including osteoarthritis and knee and hip damage.
The researchers studied 28,000 men and women of normal weight, or who were overweight or obese. Those who were very overweight had 8 times the normal risk of severe osteoarthritis. But even those who were only seven kilograms overweight were more than twice as likely to need a knee operation.
Stefan Lohmander, professor of orthopedics at Lund University Hospital, tells Swedish Radio News that diabetes and heart disease are often mentioned in connection with weight problems, but patients are rarely warned about the risk to their joints. (gw)