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Reducing Weight & Saving Your Load Bearing Joints
Last review: 08/12/10  J.R. Rogers

Excessive weight can play a major role in the increase of osteoarthritis-related issues. It not only increases the amount of damage, it also has long-term consequences that can be severe. Let us consider this example.

Load-bearing joints are obviously going to carry the greatest risk when excess weight is an issue. When you review the studies, the picture is very interesting. It reveals that your knees carry about three times your body weight with every step you take. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, your knees are accepting a 450-pound weight load with every step. The hips are also seriously at risk here too.

Recognizing that osteoarthritis left untreated will destroy cartilage and ultimately, the possibility of a hip or knee replacement, we should be taking every step possible to avoid that from happening.

Since nutrition plays such an important role for arthritis sufferers, we are going to be devoting some time to tips that can assist you in integrating food into your arthritis-fighting lifestyle.

Here is a simple way to lose excess weight and reduce the risks associated with hip and knee replacements down the road.

Eating many whole grains adds additional fiber to your diet. This not only is more filling, grains contain less calories and surprisingly, will rid your body of excess calories that you have consumed from other foods.

The biggest offenders are white breads, rolls, bagels and so on. To eliminate them, shop for the all-grain alternatives that are readily available at the store. Shop for the all-grain alternatives. When you do, make certain the word "whole" appears on the product. (Whole grain) You can extend this grain shopping out to other products as well. Oatmeal is full of it. Instead of white crackers, buy the whole wheat. Even pastas are available made from grains.

So, how does this help you lose weight? By making this simple switch in diet habits, you may be able to lose about 12-15 pounds.

As a side note, I would very much recommend taking a glucosamine product such as Syn-flex® to effectively ease arthritis pain. This is really an essential step and great product (more information on Syn-flex®).

Have Questions? Email me

I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

J.R. Rogers is the founder and President of Activex America, Inc. makers of Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®