How Weight Loss Can Help Your Arthritis

Out of the 54 million Americans that have arthritis, 39 million are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight on your body can take a toll on your joints.

Our team at Crescent City Orthopedics in Metairie, Louisiana, understands your pain and has the expertise to guide you on alleviating arthritis symptoms by losing weight.

Symptoms of arthritis

Arthritis occurs when you have inflammation and tenderness in your joints. Symptoms include stiffness, pain, and redness and tend to get worse as you get older. 

Osteoarthritis causes your cartilage to wear down, and rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system attacks the lining of your joint, eventually destroying the cartilage and bone inside your joint.

You can also develop gout when you have too much uric acid in your blood -- this complex form of arthritis can attack you suddenly.

Benefits of losing weight

To ease your arthritis and improve your condition, losing weight and staying within a healthy weight range can offer the following benefits:

Weight loss is one of the single most positive ways to get your arthritis under control. It can also help lower other health risks, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and different cancer types.

How to lose weight

To get your weight within a healthy range, you might need to successfully lose weight and maintain a healthy number that you see on the scale. But where do you start?

Our recommendations for losing weight align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that include:

Make the decision

Once you decide to lose weight, stick to the commitment you make to yourself. Keep a diary to record your food and exercise habits, plus a list of reasons why you want to get the weight off.

Have a health evaluation

Our team can assess your health and determine the best weight range for you. We can also monitor your health changes as you begin to lose weight.

Set goals you can achieve

Don’t overwhelm yourself. Choose small, achievable goals to keep you encouraged along the way.

Rely on people for support

Reach out to friends and family that will help you during your weight loss journey. Go on walks together and share healthy recipes to keep you encouraged and focused. 

Stay aware of your goals and progress

Monitor where you’re headed and the small steps of success you experience. As you move forward in your plan, feel free to reassess your goals, tweaking them as needed to stay on a successful path.

If you’re overweight or obese and have arthritis, contact our team today. Call the location nearest you, or request an appointment with our online booking tool. If you have questions before you come in, send us a message.

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