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Losing weight helps your knees--duh!


Thursday, May 02, 2013

Letís look at weight and your knees. When you walk across level ground, the force on your knees is the equivalent of 1Ĺ times your body weight. That means a 200-pound man will put 300 pounds of pressure on his knees with each step. Add an incline and the force is greater. The force on each knee is two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.

Losing a few pounds can go a long way toward reducing the pressure on your knees ó and protecting them.

In one study, the risk of developing osteoarthritis dropped 50% with each 11-pound weight loss among younger obese women. emoticon

For men who get their body mass index (BMI) down from 30 or higher to between 25 and 29.9, knee osteoarthritis would decrease an estimated 20%. emoticon

A similar change in women of the same age could cut the incidence of osteoarthritis of the knee by about 30%. emoticon

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DANLIN60 5/6/2013 4:42AM

    My knees remind me of the weight I need to lose all the time when they ache. Your blog is so true.

Hugs

Danlin

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WETPTARMIGAN 5/5/2013 12:26PM

    I can attest to this from personal experience. My knees are incredibly better after losing just 25 lbs. Maybe after another 25 I will be able to fly ???!??!!? emoticon

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CVRONEK 5/5/2013 6:31AM

    We are going to feel so good,when we drop some pounds!

Even 5 pounds makes a difference!

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WALLAHALLA 5/4/2013 12:14AM

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123ELAINE456 5/3/2013 6:14PM

  Awesome Information. Losing Weight does help you knees. Thanks for sharing. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment edited on: 5/3/2013 6:16:36 PM

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KATSTEAM 5/3/2013 4:26PM

    Thank you
Chris fr the information . I notice riding the stationary bike puts pressure on my knees emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/3/2013 3:44PM

    No wonder my knees hurt!!!! And yes, losing weight does help alot - I know that from personal experience!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/3/2013 12:48PM

    My knee and back problems come from when i worked at nursing homes. Pushing around big linen carts and falling down hard on my knees. Even though i lost most of my weight my back and knees still act up. Thanks for the article though.

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LJCANNON 5/3/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon Thank you for putting this all together!! It is good to keep the "Other" reasons for getting Fit and Losing Weight in the forefront of our minds. Preventing disease and relieving pain is way more important than the number on the Evil Scale.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 5/3/2013 9:10AM

  I know, I know! I'm still working on losing that first 11 pounds!

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IKACEY 5/3/2013 7:10AM

    Ctupton, you are right about the pressure weight puts on our knees and hips. I read a simular article on Web MD. It amazing the change the small amount of 11 pounds makess. Think what losing 50 or 100 lbs would do for the situation! Of course it won't undo damage already done to your body but it will keep you from getting progressively worse. Good blog Thanks emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/3/2013 5:34AM

    thanks for sharing your find !!

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NEVERGIVEUP57 5/3/2013 5:03AM

    Wow, since I lost the 16 lbs, way more I have to go...my feet don't hurt so bad when I walk and my back is happy as well..I'm sure my body will be even happier if I lose even 5% of my weight. Matter of fact since I have been eating the Low GI way the puffiness in my feet is gone, just thought of that.

Great article!


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TOTHEFUTURE1 5/3/2013 1:24AM

    I hadn't thought of it but my knees do. Thanks for blogging it. Hugs

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/2/2013 11:38PM

    Wow, I'd heard about the walking but not about squatting - 4X - ouch! Thanks for posting this! emoticon

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ANGELA76H 5/2/2013 11:27PM

    Very good info & true!

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GRAMMAP1 5/2/2013 11:20PM

    I have had one knee done, and it went well. I wish I could lose the weight and not have to have the other done. But..we shall see. Thanks for the info! Hugs, Jane

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ELSCO55 5/2/2013 10:59PM

    Hope it works for all of us.

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MALKS_ARIA 5/2/2013 9:55PM

    yep... 4 x 3lb equals healthier knees! I need this!

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YANKEEBELLA 5/2/2013 9:45PM

    No wonder my knees are starting to ache on a regular basis!

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TXMEMAW6 5/2/2013 9:34PM

    Wish I had had this information about 30 years ago. Maybe it would have prevented me having to have both knees replaced. emoticon
Hope you have a great week!
Hugs!!

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LEANIE64 5/2/2013 9:28PM

    Sounds like you have done the research and are working to be healthier..good for you !!

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CKSCARBERRY1 5/2/2013 9:27PM

  Sure hope it works

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