Charleston,SC (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
Osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder, causes symptoms of discomfort and pain in the hands, feet, knees, spine, hips and neck, significantly reducing one’s quality of life. Although it is not totally clear exactly how excess weight influences osteoarthritis, it is clear that being overweight increases the load placed on the joints. Those who are only 10 pounds overweight increase the force on the knees by 30-60 pounds with each step. According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, the risk of an overweight woman developing osteoarthritis is nearly 4 times higher than those of normal weight, while overweight men face 5 times greater risk.
An article recently published in The Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, and reported on by Medical News Today, suggests that following a diet high in sulforaphane, a molecule which is found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage, may trigger a positive influence on reducing osteoarthritis symptoms by releasing powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer fighting agents.
Age and obesity have been found to be the most common contributors of osteoarthritis. There is no cure, other than pain relief medications and, in extreme cases, joint replacement. The most sensible solution to offering relief to painful osteoarthritis symptoms, as well as avoiding its development, seems to be following a medically guided diet plan and making a lifestyle change by losing excess weight.
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