If so, heart disease and early death may be lurking. The reasons are unclear, and may include:
- obesity and the inflammation it produces that can affect heart arteries
- more obesity from lack of physical exertion due to pain
- pain medications that can accelerate heart disease
If hip or knee pain keep you from walking, you have several choices, including:
- Weight loss will significantly reduce stress on joints (I used to have right knee pain climbing stairs, but 90% of that is gone after my weight loss)
- Consider joint replacement surgery earlier in the process so as to relieve pain and facilitate a higher level of activity, particularly if pain keeps you from walking at all.
- Ask your doctor is your blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c (a measure of long-term blood sugar levels), and blood lipids (including cholesterol) should be measured. If so, and they’re elevated, ask if they should be treated to lessen the chances of heart disease progressing.