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Ten percent weight loss helps relieve knee pain.

Older adults with a weight problem can relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) if they lose just 10 percent of their body weight through diet and exercise, according to a study published Sept. 25, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obese and overweight study participants who combined a thrice-weekly exercise program with a reduced dietary intake (1,100 to 1,200 calories per day) lost more weight on average than participants who either dieted or exercised, and they also had less knee pain, better function, faster walking speed, and better quality of life related to physical health than the exercise-only group. If you are overweight and have OA, ask your doctor for help creating an appropriate diet and exercise program.

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Publication:Women's Nutrition Connection
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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