By Robert Preidt
But dropping kilos from exercise alone won’t assist protect these getting older knees, the researchers discovered.
Obesity is a serious danger issue for painful knee osteoarthritis — degeneration of cartilage brought on by put on and tear. Weight loss can sluggish the illness, nevertheless it wasn’t clear till now if the tactic of weight loss made a distinction.
Apparently, it does.
“These results add to the hypothesis that solely exercise as a regimen in order to lose weight in overweight and obese adults may not be as beneficial to the knee joint as weight loss regimens involving diet,” stated lead writer Dr. Alexandra Gersing.
Gersing made her feedback in a information launch from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She’s with the University of California, San Francisco’s division of radiology and biomedical imaging.
The research included 760 obese or overweight adults who had delicate to average knee osteoarthritis or have been in danger for it. The individuals have been divided right into a “control group” of sufferers who misplaced no weight, and a gaggle who misplaced weight via both a mixture of weight-reduction plan and exercise, weight-reduction plan alone, or exercise alone.
After eight years, cartilage degeneration was a lot decrease within the weight-loss group than within the management group. However, that was true solely of people that misplaced weight via food plan and exercise, or food regimen alone, the investigators discovered.
Study members who exercised with out altering their weight loss plan misplaced as a lot weight as those that slimmed down by way of eating regimen plus exercise or weight-reduction plan alone, however there was no vital distinction in cartilage degeneration in comparison with the management group.
The research was scheduled for presentation Tuesday on the annual assembly of the RSNA, in Chicago. Research introduced at medical conferences must be thought-about preliminary till revealed in a peer-reviewed medical journal.