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Being overweight is bad for your joints

I would have guessed that being overweight places extra strain on your knees. Now researchers tell us that carrying too much weight increases the risk of having knee or hip replacement surgery. Something you would want to avoid!

Being overweight increases the risk by 3 to 4 times of having osteoarthritis and having joint replacement surgery, according to the study.

Video: What is knee replacement surgery?

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The joint replacement study

Researchers from Monash University, Australia studied 32,023 healthy volunteers to see if there was a link between excess weight and joint replacement surgery. The researchers assessed the volunteers BMI, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, fat mass and percentage fat.

The results

The study found there was a 3 to 4 times increased risk of joint replacement associated with increased body weight, BMI, fat mass, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio and percentage fat.

The researchers concluded that excess fat and weight increases the load on the joints, which can increase the risk of osteoarthritis and potentially joint replacement surgery.

The researchers predict that with the rise of the obesity crisis that demand for knee and hip replacements will increase. The research was published in Arthritis Research and Therapy journal.

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