According to the Arthritis Foundation, “a landmark government study released in 2008 suggests nearly one in two people (45 percent) will develop painful knee osteoarthritis (OA) over their lifetime, naproxen tablets with the highest risk among those who are obese.
The study was conducted using data from the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a long-term study of black and white women and men age 45 years or older living in rural North Carolina. It is one of the largest longitudinal studies to monitor the onset and progression of knee and hip OA in this country.
Symptoms were determined through a question about each knee: “On MOST days do you have pain, aching, or stiffness in your LEFT (or RIGHT) knee?” Radiographic knee OA was determined by taking X-ray views of both knees, which were read by a radiologist and scored using the Kellgren/Lawrence (K/L) scale. Symptomatic knee OA was defined as a K/L grade of ?2 (at least mild radiographic OA) and symptoms in the same knee.
The study found that 60.5 percent of obese individuals – that is, those having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 – will develop symptomatic knee OA over their lifetime. The study also found that those with a prior knee injury were also at high risk, with a probability of developing the disease over their lifetime of 57 percent.
“Weight loss can lead to a decreased risk of symptomatic knee OA, and the association between the modifiable risk factor, BMI, and lifetime risk of OA in this study further underscores the need for public health weight loss and management interventions that would contribute to a decreased lifetime risk of OA,” conclude the study authors.
“While Americans are looking forward to longer life expectancies than ever before, the reality is that they will also be facing many more years of pain and disability,” said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. “Obesity in this country is at an all-time high, putting millions at risk for disabling arthritis. Coupled with sedentary lifestyles and an aging baby boomer population, we are facing a public health crisis if Americans and Congress don’t take action.” “
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