Being overweight increases the risk of several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. People who are obese also experience higher levels of pain. Chronic pain can reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities and affect quality of life. A new study suggests that losing about 10 percent of your weight can potentially reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas. The study was conducted at the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and the findings were published in the Journal of Pain.
People who are obese generally suffer back pain, hip pain and knee pain or pain in parts of the body that are weight bearing. As part of the study, the researchers assigned about 123 people to a low-calorie liquid diet and also directed them to increase their level of physical activity. It was found that reducing 10 percent of body weight over a period of 12 weeks helped reduce pain not only in expected locations such as hips and knees, but also in the chest, abdomen, arm and jaw. For people weighing 250 pounds, that was as good as reducing about 25 pounds.
The study findings indicate that joints are not the only medium of body pain.Extra body weight puts additional stress on joints like the hips and knees. Losing weight will not only prevent severe pain but will also lead to better mental health and better quality of life. However, losing weight is not an easy task (particularly for elder people) who suffers from severe joint disorders. Following a healthy lifestyle combined with correct dietary habits and appropriate exercise may help in better pain management.
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