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Obesity and your joints

Obesity and your joints

When it comes to obesity, our thoughts typically go to heart disease, liver disease and diabetes; with little to no consideration for our joints. Our joints carry all our weight, and therefore it makes sense that any extra weight we put-on will have a negative impact on them over time.

With obesity on the rise in South Africa, it is more important than ever to take control of our diets and exercise routines.

According to a study published by the International Journal of Epidemiology published in December 2017, the number of young South Africans suffering from obesity doubled in 6 years, which is half the time it took the youth in America. “Obesity is a growing problem in South Africa, with recent studies pointing at women being the biggest culprits,” says Odette Vass, brand manager for OsteoEze®. “Our joints need to be able to carry our weight, and when it becomes difficult to move, we, therefore, move less, creating a vicious circle.”

How does our weight affect our joints?

  • Excess weight puts strain on your weight-bearing joints, such as hips and knees.
  • Weight gain can also cause inflammation, which can have an effect on other joints including your hands and feet.
  • When you walk on level ground the stress you place on your knees is equivalent to 1 ½ times that of your body weight. When it comes to an incline the stress is even greater and can be almost 2 to 3 times your body weight.  Individuals who are overweight are at a higher risk of needing a knee replacement.

 

“Before it gets to the point of surgery, there are steps that you can take to make sure that you get a handle on your weight gain and mobility,” says Vass.

A healthy diet and exercise* can help you lose weight, build muscle and joint strength and put you on the road to a healthier you. If you are experiencing joint pain, there is no need to avoid exercise altogether, but focus on low-impact exercises such as cycling and swimming.  Exercise can have an additional impact on your joints, and a supplement such as OsteoEze® can help alleviate joint pain and inflammation, due to strenuous exercise as well as help you exercise for longer. OsteoEze® Platinum with UCII® collagen and copper sulphate is the new generation joint care product and is clinically proven to reduce stiffness, improves mobility and flexibility, and reduces pain swelling and discomfort. Start taking OsteoEze Platinum today, so you don’t have any regrets tomorrow.

*It is important to consult a doctor before taking on any strenuous exercise.

 

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