Why weight loss is important if you’re living with arthritis: 5 amazing benefits of losing weight, belly fat

Weight loss can ease arthritis pain and improve the quality of life of adults living with the chronic condition

Weight loss can ease arthritis pain and improve the quality of life of adults living with the chronic condition&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspThinkstock

New Delhi: Losing a few pounds can offer a wide range of health benefits, from decreased risk of heart disease to improved sex life and energy. Shedding those extra kilos can actually help reduce arthritis pain. Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk for arthritis at the first place. However, weight loss can ease arthritis pain and improve the quality of life of adults living with the chronic condition.

Carrying extra weight, particularly around the middle or belly, can contribute to serious health conditions. But when you have arthritis, it puts more pressure on your joints, causing pain and discomfort. Moreover, a number of inflammatory mediators produced in fat affect joint tissues, thereby playing a role in pain. Here are five reasons to lose weight if you have arthritis. Read – Obesity worsens rheumatoid arthritis: Here are 5 simple tips to lose weight without hitting the gym

Arthritis and the benefits of weight loss

Reduces pressure on your joints: A 2005 study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism suggested that overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis who lose one pound of weight experienced lesser pressure on their joints. The study found that losing just 10 pounds would relieve about 40 pounds of pressure from your knees.

Eases pain: Less body weight means less pain. A 2013 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that adults with osteoarthritis who lost weight through a combination of diet and exercise over a period of 18 months reported less knee pain. The study, led by Dr Loeser, concluded that dropping just 10 per cent of your body weight can cause improvement in joint pain and function. Read – Weight loss diet tips for obese people: 10 healthy ways to lose belly fat and combat obesity

Less inflammation: Fat itself is an active tissue that generates and releases pro-inflammatory chemicals, however, losing weight can ease the pain and lower inflammation levels in the body. Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an endogenous chemical which is active in inflammation, has been shown to play a key role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. However, Loeser and his team found that the levels of IL-6 went down over the course of the participants’ 18 months of exercise and weight loss.

Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease: Losing weight will help you maintain healthy blood pressure or get back to a normal range. A healthy lifestyle, such as eating right and engaging in physical activity that promote weight loss can also lower your cholesterol. Studies have shown that even a moderate weight loss can help to reduce your risk of various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer apart from arthritis. Read- World Arthritis Day 2018: Symptoms and how to help your child cope with juvenile arthritis

Improves sleep: Research has proven that losing weight can lead to better sleep. However, musculoskeletal pain can interfere with sleep and result in insomnia over the years. Engaging in a healthy fitness routine may help improve sleep pattern in patients.

Note: All content, including tips and suggestions, is purely for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before beginning any weight loss programme.

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