Obesity Driving Epidemic of Arthritis

October 9, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Obesity Driving Epidemic of Arthritis
Our government now reports that 1 in 5 adults have arthritis, a problem fueled by the large number of overweight and obese Americans. The cost is 128 billion dollars per year, not to mention that arthritis is also the leading cause of disability which additionally results in lost productivity.

While the concept that carrying more weight around is hard on joints is true, that is only part of the problem. Excessive inflammation in overweight people comes from both their fat and their gut, leading to the inflammatory wear and tear of this problem.

This is one more issue that today's Western medicine is incapable of handling. Narcotic pain killers are a tragic “solution.” NSAIDs carry many risks. Doctors have actually helped cause the problem with antibiotics that disturb digestion and multiple medications that contribute to the overweight problem, such as blood pressure medication.

Nutrition is your best bet to safely lower inflammation, improve digestion, lose weight, and resolve the source of the wear and tear that leads to any form of arthritis.

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