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High-fat diet increases the risk of osteoarthritis

By jeremyc | April 16, 2017

According to new research, high intake of animal fats might increase the risk of osteoarthritis. A fairly common condition, osteoarthritis affects hundreds of thousands of people in the world. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis. Nearly 30 million individuals in the US are living with this condition.

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage, which offers protection to joints by acting as a buffer, degenerates. As a result the joints become stiff, painful, and swollen. With time, the cartilage deteriorates more and the symptoms become more severe.

Osteoarthritis usually affects the knee and hips joint and the spine. However, it can occur in other parts too. Older adults are more prone to osteoarthritis, and so are women. The risk of this condition increases if you have a bone deformity or previous joint injury. Obesity is another risk factor. The joints of an obese person have to deal with greater stress on count of extra weight.

In this study, the researchers investigated if there’s a connection between diet and osteoarthritis. The researchers found that a diet rich in simple carbohydrates and saturated fats increases the risk of osteoarthritis. Long-term intake of meat fat was linked to cartilage weakening.

This study shows it’s not only joint wear and tear but also our diet which plays a role in development of osteoarthritis.

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