Osteoarthritis – Obesity?

Posted by Helen Potter on 05 September 2017 | Filed under Uncategorized

Osteoarthritis cases on the rise in Australia – Arthritis Awareness Week May 2017

Written by Medibank Better Health Foundation 29th May 2017

New data has found the incidence of osteoarthritis has skyrocketed since 2007

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Osteoarthritis is one of Australia’s leading health concerns. There is a rise from 6.2% to 8.5% number of Aussies living with osteoarthritis has increased f over the last nine years, equal to more than half a million (604,000). Learn what the condition’s common causes are and tips for preventing and managing it.

Osteoarthritis – Obesity?

Could obesity be playing a role Osteoarthritis Rates Increasing?

The incidence of OA has grown in line with the national trend towards obesity. The data found 28.4% of Australians now fall into the ‘obese’ Body Mass Index (BMI) category, compared to just 25.2% in 2007. Worryingly, this figure is even higher for those with osteoarthritis, with 42.7% sufferers now considered ‘obese’, up from 39.4% in 2007.

Dr Linda Swan Medibank Chief Medical Officer said:

“It’s concerning to see that the incidence of osteoarthritis is continuing to climb year-on-year. Almost one in ten Aussies now live with the condition. We know osteoarthritis can be exacerbated by being overweight or obese, so it’s essential that we continue to encourage healthy eating habits and regular exercise. These can help both prevent and improve osteoarthritis symptoms. While generally any type of activity is good, people’s health risks can vary. Consulting your GP about the type of exercise that’s right for you is always a wise step.”

Tips for preventing and managing osteoarthritis

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