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As an anesthesiologist, I have witnessed the explosion in orthopedic surgery – joint replacements and back surgery especially – in recent years.  Much is related to obesity.  While we’re fortunate to have this technology, the best choice is to prevent it (osteoarthritis = “wear and tear” arthritis) in the first place.

A nice article in the New York Times summarizes some preventive steps.

“A woman’s risk for developing OA is linearly related to her weight,” Dr. David Felson, a rheumatologist and arthritis-prevention specialist at Boston University School of Medicine, said, referring to osteoarthritis.

But a woman can substantially lower her risk by shedding pounds. One study in which Dr. Felson was a co-author found that when a woman lost 10 pounds, her risk of osteoarthritis of the knee dropped by half.

Moreover, as we previously reported, a different study showed that when people with knee pain enrolled in a weight loss program, losing a similar amount of weight, they were less likely to DIE!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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