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Healthy eating, weight management and OA
While currently there is no cure for osteoarthritis, some factors influencing its progression can be modifiable, such as obesity. Obesity is know for increasing the chances of developing and aggravating the symptoms of OA.
Maintaining a healthy weight is very important for reducing the pain of OA, especially around hip and knee joints. Studies have shown that reducing your body weight by 5 -10% can reduce your pain by 30-50%, so even a small reduction in weight can have a positive effect.
Keeping a food diary or using a tracking app may be a good strategy to control your daily calorie intake and understand more about your nutrition. There are many useful websites and free apps you can use, Myfitnesspal is a very popular free app that can help you track food intake and activity as well as provide you with nutrition information and recipes.
There are many options for online weight management programs here.
Read more about Weight Gain and Joint Pain and Can My Weight Make My Joint Pain Worse? (Osteoarthritis Action Alliance - OAAA, USA)
Click on this infographic from the IBJR to see it in full size.
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