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Obesity Can Cause Arthritis

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Obesity triggers joint damage from osteoarthritis through a biological pathway that increases inflammatory responses, possibly generated through an imbalanced gut microbiome
  • Using an animal model, researchers uncovered a strong association between a healthy Bifidobacteria community in your gut and joint damage, which they reversed using oligofructose, an important prebiotic nutrient source to the beneficial bacteria
  • The incidence of osteoarthritis is rising with each decade. Your risk is nearly 2.5 greater if you were born after 1940, potentially associated with increasing rates of obesity and a greater sedentary lifestyle, which is another risk factor
  • A number of natural strategies help symptoms, including maintaining a healthy ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, exercising daily, eating a high-fiber diet low in processed foods and considering bromelain, boswellia and curcumin to reduce inflammation

Obesity is defined by a marked accumulation of excess fat. Generally, those suffering from obesity are at higher risk for developing potentially life-threatening complications and chronic diseases. Recent statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate more than 630,000 people were diagnosed with obesity related-cancer in the U.S. alone.

Although the terms overweight and obese are often used interchangeably, they do not have the same meaning. The body mass index (BMI) classification lists overweight as having a BMI between 25 and 29.9, and obesity with a BMI greater than 30.

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