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  • 12/4/2010

Walking prevents osteoarthritis better

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Individuals at-risk of developing the degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, may benefit more from light exercises such as walking, a new study reveals.

Participating in a high-impact activity, such as running, for more than one hour per day and at least 3 times a week is associated with more degenerated cartilage and potentially a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.

The risk is reported to be higher in overweight individuals and those with other risk factors, a previous history of knee injuries or surgery, and a family history of osteoarthritis.

While individuals indulged in light exercises, regardless of their type, had the healthiest knee cartilage, those involved in the least strength training had fewer cartilage abnormalities.

"Lower-impact sports, such as walking, swimming or using an elliptical trainer are likely more beneficial than high-impact sports, such as running or tennis,” said lead researcher Thomas Link.

Scientists concluded that individuals can reduce their risk of developing osteoarthritis by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding risky activities and strenuous exercise.

Source: presstv.ir

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