Arthritis Better With Diet & Exercise

Study: A study involved 252 randomized participants, all age 60 or older, who were overweight, sedentary and had knee pain or knee osteoarthritis. The participants were divided into one of four groups: exercise only, dietary weight loss only, dietary weight loss plus exercise, and the control group called healthy lifestyle. Participants in an 18-month program of exercise and calorie-restricted diet had a 24 percent improvement in physical function. Participants in this group also reported the most significant improvements in knee pain -- a decrease of more than 30 percent.

Quote: "We suggest that the combination of diet plus exercise produces consistently better and clinically relevant improvements in physical function compared with diet or exercise alone." (Stephen Messier, lead researcher, Wake Forest University)

Comment: For anyone with arthritis, a diet and exercise program should be approved by a physician, lest it do more harm than good.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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