Cause and Effect: Why obesity leads to joint pains!
Obesity has a direct effect on your muscle and bone health. This is because our body can’t handle more weight than it is meant to. The additional weight puts pressure on the internal structure of the body, i.e., the bones and muscles. This strains the joints and leads to various problems, eventually damaging them.
Studies have also revealed that people who are overweight are more likely to be affected by chronic conditions such as arthritis, depression, type 2 diabetes, back pain, fibromyalgia, etc.
While additional weight strains the joints, another reason why a lot of obese people experience pains is that fat cells make chemicals that increase inflammation. Inflammation is very closely linked to pain perception. Hence, the link between obesity and joint pains.
The solution to this is, obviously, losing weight. But weight loss can be a difficult and time consuming task. For quicker relief from joint pains, here are a few tips that you can follow:
- Consume foods rich in calcium & vitamin D. Milk, spinach, cheese, fish, soy milk, cereals are a few suggestions. Exposure to sunlight is also beneficial because direct sunlight is abundant in vitamin D.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking completely. Both are toxic for your bone strength.
- Women should avoid heels and improper footwear as it adds to the strain.
- Regular exercises like walking and jogging can be very beneficial.
- Avoid over exercising. The body needs its own time to rejuvenate.
- Change your sitting/standing positions regularly to give specific joints some rest.
- Use cold and hot therapy. Apply ice packs or hot water packs to your joints or go for cold/hot showers.
- Get a massage. It can help you relax.
For more information about joint pains or obesity, visit your nearest orthopedic surgeon.