Helping knee osteoarthritis

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Knee osteoarthritis not only slows you down, but it can stop you from doing what you love.

But something as simple as diet and exercise can get you up and moving again without pain.

Knee pain had Cathryn Sages sitting on the sidelines. She says, “I was very much limiting my movement just so it wouldn’t hurt.” 

She joined a study at Wake Forest University for people suffering from knee osteoarthritis.

Stephen Messier is a Professor of Health & Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. He says, “The main symptom is pain, decrease in quality of life, decrease in mobility.” 

First study found ten percent weight loss combined with moderate exercise decreased pain by more than half.

Messier says, “We found that for every one pound of weight that you lose was four pounds of stress on your knees.”

Carolyn Archie lived with knee pain for more than ten years before joining the study.  She says, “I’ve lost about 22 pounds, it’s amazing.” 

The combination of diet and exercise let Carolyn get on the elliptical machine. 

Messier says, “Twice the weight loss, twice the effect. A minimum of three times a week exercise for at least 40 to 60 minutes.” 

Study participants follow a calorie restricted diet and do a 20 minute walk followed by 15 minutes of strength training and then another 20 minute walk. 

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