Maintaining a healthy weight – or losing weight if you are overweight – is good for your joints. Excess weight stresses the weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knee, contributing to cartilage damage. In addition, fat cells are believed to produce inflammatory cytokines that contribute to arthritis.

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A new study finds that obesity triples the risk of needing a knee or hip replacement.