Diet, Exercise Intervention Prevented Obesity-Related Knee Pain

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Diet, Exercise Intervention Prevented Obesity-Related Knee Pain
Diet, Exercise Intervention Prevented Obesity-Related Knee Pain

(HealthDay News) — For overweight adults with diabetes, an intensive lifestyle intervention can prevent knee pain, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Daniel K. White, PT, ScD, from the University of Delaware in Newark, and colleagues examined whether an intensive lifestyle intervention prevents incident knee pain among overweight adults with diabetes

Data were analyzed for a subcohort of 2,899 subjects from the Action for Health in Diabetes study who reported no knee pain at baseline but were at high risk due to obesity. The effect of either intensive lifestyle intervention or diabetes support and education on incident knee pain was examined at year 1 and year 4.

Intensive lifestyle intervention participants were 15% less likely to develop knee pain compared with diabetes support and education participants at year 1 (risk ratio, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.74-0.98). The difference decreased to 5% at year 4 and was no longer significant.

"An [intensive lifestyle intervention] of diet and exercise may prevent the development of knee pain among those at high risk in the short term," the researchers wrote. "Health care providers may consider recommending diet and exercise as a means to prevent the development of knee pain among those at high risk."

Reference

  1. White DK et al. Arthritis Care Res. 2015;67(7):965-971.
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