Obesity 'a major cause of osteoarthritis'

Posted on 05 September 2011

Obesity is one of the major causes of osteoarthritis, according to one expert, indicating that people choosing a care home should make an effort to stay healthy.

Neil Betteridge, chief executive of Arthritis Care, has said that while age predisposes people to osteoarthritis due to the wearing out of bones and joints, obesity is also a major risk factor.

He explained that this means that it is not just older people who suffer from the condition.

 "With the obesity epidemic especially, carrying all that weight projects the pressure onto joints, so therefore we are likely to see an epidemic of osteoarthritis affecting younger people in the next generation sadly, unless something radical happens," he said.

This follows research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which revealed a new gene to be associated with osteoarthritis.

According to researchers, this is only the third gene to be linked to the condition.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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