Arthritis and Obesity, a Debilitating Combination

May 26th, 2011

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that arthritis sufferers are 54% more likely to be obese than non-sufferers.

The number of states where 40% or more of arthritis sufferers were also obese, increased from ZERO in 2005, to 12 in 2009.

This problem is a real catch-22.  The pain of arthritis causes people to exercise less (though exercise has been shown to decrease arthritic pain) and gain weight.  But gaining weight places more strain on the joints and can cause or aggravate arthritis.

This is clearly a condition where arthritis sufferers who are also obese can benefit immeasurably from consistent, daily moderate exercise like walking 30-40 minutes a day, along with cutting fatty and sugary foods from the diet.

Adding salads, and fatty fish like salmon or tuna, cutting back on appetizers, desserts and decreasing entree portions along with exercise can result in significant decrease in both pain and weight.

The fiber in salads and vegetables makes us feel fuller, decreases our food intake and helps significantly with regularity, which is often compromised in the obese and also in patients taking some pain medications.

Even if you are not obese, but suffer with arthritis and are somewhat over-weight, these suggestions can be of significant benefit, if you implement them and they are easier than you think to do.

To the best of heath,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S