Obesity and Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Hip

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a leading cause of disability in people over the age of 65.  Most cases of OA are the result of aging, wear and tear, and excess stress on a joint caused by obesity, overuse, or injury. In OA, moist cartilage wears down and becomes thin and rough.  When enough […]

Weight Tips the Scale of Musculoskeletal Problems

Obesity is one of the greatest risk factors for osteoarthritis (OA) of knees. The National Health Assessment and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 through 2010 found that more than 65% of American adults are overweight (body mass index (BMI 25-29.9) and more than 35% of those obese (BMI greater than 30). With such large percentages […]

The Hidden Link between Pain, Depression, and Obesity

In general, patients with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes experience generalized aching, extreme fatigue and insomnia. However, the etiologies of fibromyalgia and chronic pain are unclear. Fibromyalgia seems to be associated with genetic predisposition and environmental factors. The disturbance of neurotransmitters and hormones play an important role in developing fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Depression, […]

Some Fats Essential to Body

What do rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel diseases, obesity and even coronary artery disease have in common? Inflammation. Recent findings suggest that generalized inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, affect not only our joints, skin and bowels, but most importantly our blood vessels. Chronic inflammation […]

Obesity, Silent Inflammation and Chronic Disease

During our life, we are always in constant struggles with microbes and injuries. Our innate immune system and its inflammatory reactions, refined by hundreds of millions years of evolution, allow us to coexist with these organism while maintaining a state of wellness. The ancient Roman physician Celsius described this inflammation as pain, swelling, redness, and […]

New Weapons in Battle to Lose Weight

The National Health Assessment and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 through 2010 found that about one third of American adults were obese.  Due to the numerous healthcare conditions that can develop as a result of obesity, this has escalated from a personal issue to a national crisis. Only some patients are able to lose weight with […]

Obesity, Diet and Autoimmune disease

During our life, we are always in constant struggles with microbes and injuries. Our body’s innate immune system and inflammatory reactions allow us to coexist with these determents while still maintaining a state of wellness. Inflammation appears in two distinct forms. The first type is classic inflammation, which results in pain and swelling while the […]

Overweight and musculoskeletal problems

The National Health Assessment and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 through 2010 found that more than 65% of American adults were overweight and more than 35% were obese. Adult aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adult. Obesity is one of the most important risk factors for osteoarthritis of knees. […]