THE EFFECT OF WEIGHT LOSS ON THE RISK OF KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS AND POTENTIAL MODIFICATION BY BIOMECHANICAL FACTORS

Grant number: 384233

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) has the largest impact of any chronic disease on burden of disease borne in later life. This has been acknowledged by its listing as the 7th health priority in Australia. Knee OA is the most common reason for a joint replacement, thus imposing a huge financial burden to the community. Treatments which slow-prevent OA progressioning are limited and so prevention must play a key role. Obesity is the most significant, potentially modifiable risk factor for knee OA. The combination of the current epidemic of obesity in Western countries and the aging of the population is likely to have a synergistic effect on the prevalence and incidence of knee OA. Despite the consistent rel..

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