Obesity is the number one preventable risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee. Excess weight strains the knees, causing cartilage to wear away. In addition, fat cells are believed to produce inflammatory cytokines that contribute to arthritis. If you are overweight, even modest weight loss can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis and its progression. Weight loss will also reduce some of the stress of the knee, which can be helpful, regardless of the problem.

Learn how being overweight can increase your risk of osteoarthritis.

New study finds that obesity triples the risk of needing a knee or hip replacement