According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 93 million of people in the United States are obese. The CDC defines obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. People who are overweight have a BMI of between 25 and 30. If your aging relative is overweight and obese and has arthritis, their weight could be making the pain worse.

Below are 5 reasons seniors who have arthritis may want to try to lose weight.

Elderly Care Petaluma CA - 5 Reasons Seniors with Arthritis Should Lose Weight

Elderly Care Petaluma CA – 5 Reasons Seniors with Arthritis Should Lose Weight

#1: Losing Weight Takes Pressure Off Joints

Just 10 pounds of extra weight places between 30 and 40 pounds of pressure on the knees with every step your aging relative takes. In fact, carrying excess pounds puts a person at a 5 times greater risk of developing osteoarthritis. In one study, people who had osteoarthritis and lost weight over an 18-month period reported feeling less knee pain.

#2: Improved Overall Health

Losing weight can help your aging relative to feel better overall. Being at a healthy weight could increase their energy and improve other conditions associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and obesity.

#3: Reduce Inflammation

Obesity has been linked to inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be measured by the presence of certain chemicals in the body. Researchers have discovered that when a person loses weight, the levels of chemicals associated with inflammation go down.

#4: Better Sleep

Pain caused by arthritis can interfere with sleep. Over time, it can lead to insomnia. Losing weight and being more physically active reduces the pain, making sleep easier and more restful.

#5: Save Money

Losing weight and decreasing arthritis pain may actually save your aging relative some money. Arthritis treatment and loss of earned wages because of pain costs Americans about $128 billion per year. Individual costs can be a burden on people with arthritis who must pay for medications and medical appointments. When arthritis symptoms are lessened, costs may go down.

If your aging relative has arthritis, an elderly care provider can assist them with regular daily activities and help them to lose weight. Elderly care providers can help with tasks around the house that may be difficult due to arthritis, such as cooking and cleaning. Elderly care providers can also prevent seniors with arthritic knees or hips from falling by walking with them and helping them to stand up from chairs. If your aging relative would like to lose some weight, an elderly care provider can help by cooking healthy meals for them and assisting them to be more physically active.

Sources:  https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/reasons-lose-weight-with-arthritis/
https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php
https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/features/weight-joint-pain
https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html

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