Exercise followed by a healthy diet has proven to show drastic improvement in the condition of millions crippling with arthritis.
The issues of arthritis are on a rise these days and mostly hit individuals at or around the age of 45-50. According to a new research it has been found that opting for a few simple steps can provide quick and effective relief from the agony of this disease.
The new research puts a light on the arthritis issues and says that people having difficulties in performing everyday tasks like (cleaning, bending etc) can achieve a transformation in their lives by having regular exercise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, three times a week, along with maintaining the calorie count.
Knee Osteoarthritis is known to be a frequent cause of mobility dependency, diminished quality of life, along with obesity creating a major risk factor. Whereas the treatments for Osteoarthritis are inadequate, and the available ones also do not give much improved results in the functioning of joints.
Arthritis researchers also suggest osteoarthritis patients to lose weight if they are overweight and maintain it and stay as much physically fit as possible. It is also suggested and known that intensive weight loss tends to reduce inflammation and thereby cut down the pressure on the joints. Inflammation is the cause of increasingly osteoarthritis and a condition to be blamed for the cartilage wear and tear. The ways to address this are still being looked for.
Studies were conducted to determine the relation between joint loading, inflammation and other clinical outcomes with or without exercise. There was involvement of intensive diet-induced weight loss coupled with exercise, and the secondary plan was having intensive exercise only for weight loss. The results found that the average weight loss was greater in the diet and exercise group rather than the exercise specific group. The diet and exercise group experienced less knee pain, improved walking speed and better functioning of the joints.
There was a noticeable reduction in the interleukin levels. Exercise and weight loss also improved the knee osteoarthritis patient's mobility.
The ones in diet and exercise group had immense reduction in the comprehensive force of the knees in comparison to those in the exercise group. It was shown in the research that osteoarthritis and other obesity-related diseases create an enormous physical and financial burden on the health care system.
The trial findings also suggested intensive weight loss to get both the benefits; that is anti-inflammatory and bio mechanical benefits.
Patients with a combination of diet with exercise had safe and efficient weight loss achievement, known to be more that 10 percent.
The diet was on the basis of partial meal replacements including two meals replaced by shakes, with a lot of protein. In the third meal, there were weekly diet plan with recipes containing 500 to 700 calories and were low in fat and high in vegetables.
This diet plan created a deficit of between 800-1000 calories a day; with at least 1100 calories consumed each day for women and 1200 for men. On the other hand, exercise program consisted of an hour-long workout for about 3-4 times a week and the process followed for a span of 18 months.View Thread
Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis is a joint disorder. In this the joints become stiff and it pains badly due to the underlying cause. Many research has been conducted on osteoarthritis , to know about its causes and also to discover the best treatment to prevent this disease.
A new study was done by the US researchers at the University of Maryland that stated that the hip and knee osteoarthritis is also caused by the joint injuries. There is a link between them. They further informed that adults who have got the joint injury in their early age are suspected to develop the risk of getting arthritis three times more as compared to those who didn't get any injury.
This study was followed by 1321 graduates of the medical school for about 36 years. The contestants were thoroughly examined at entry level, when they were young, to determine the joint injury as well as the level of their physical activity. The annual morbidity questionnaires evaluated the injuries that were sustained after the completion of graduation along with the incidences of arthritis.
The following details of the data were collected by the researchers after the follow up was completed:
They found that those persons who got injured in their teens, are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis and the risk for them rises by 6% to 13.9% by the age of 65 years.
The risk of getting knee arthritis, for people who got injured after graduation also increased by 6% to 11% from the age of 65 years.
The hip injury was linked with a threefold increase in the risk for hip arthritis in the future.
The researchers realized that their study has also some drawbacks. The entire participating study was generally done with males and graduates of the medical school. But still the study was better than the recent studies that have associated arthritis with joint injury and was drawn to a proper conclusion. The researchers reached to a conclusion that participants who got hip and knee injuries in their young age or in middle age determined to be as a high risk group. It was further stated that they should be treated first to make them safe by avoiding the possibility of osteoarthritis in the future.View Thread