Knee study (No 111 Obese pats, MRI) – 5Kg weight loss IMPROVES knee cartilage within a year.
Clipped from: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/761694?src=rss
This is a nice article that can be a positive incentive for patients to loose weight. A 5 kilogram weight loss to save yourself having a knee replacement sounds like a good deal and perhaps is something that overweight patients can visualise as an early gain and hence be a more powerful motivator for behaviour change.
"A recent study is encouraging concerning the effects of weight loss on knee joint preservation and perhaps even on rejuvenation. A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases looked at 111 obese patients, one third of whom already suffered knee arthritis.
Knee cartilage thickness was assessed using MRI at the beginning of the study and again 1 year later. The researchers found that weight loss helped preserve knees and led to improvement in both the quality and quantity of knee cartilage. Patients lost, on average, 9-10 pounds, and the more weight lost, the greater the increase in cartilage thickness."