Osteoarthritis and Excess Weight
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the gradual breakdown of cartilage, leading to joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. Obesity is a significant risk factor for developing osteoarthritis due to the increased mechanical stress placed on the joints.
At Harvey Brooker Weight Loss for Men we have helped thousands of Toronto men lose weight long-term and improve diseases like osteoarthritis.
Types of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can affect various joints throughout the body. Obesity can increase the risk of developing the following types of osteoarthritis:
- Knee Osteoarthritis: The knees are weight-bearing joints that are particularly susceptible to wear and tear caused by obesity.
- Hip Osteoarthritis: Obesity can also contribute to the development of hip osteoarthritis, as excess weight places additional strain on the hip joints.
- Hand Osteoarthritis: Although the hands are not weight-bearing joints, obesity can still contribute to the development of hand osteoarthritis due to systemic inflammation and metabolic changes.
Common Issues Associated with Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can lead to various challenges and complications, including:
- Chronic pain: Joint pain is a common symptom of osteoarthritis, which can limit mobility and interfere with daily activities.
- Joint stiffness and reduced range of motion: Osteoarthritis can cause stiffness and reduced joint mobility, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks and maintain an active lifestyle.
- Physical disability: In advanced stages, osteoarthritis can result in significant physical disability, leading to a loss of independence and reduced quality of life.
- Increased risk of falls: Pain, stiffness, and reduced joint function can increase the risk of falls and related injuries, particularly among older adults.
Osteoarthritis in Men
Men with osteoarthritis may face unique challenges and concerns, such as:
- Delayed diagnosis: Men may be less likely to seek medical help for joint pain and stiffness, potentially delaying the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis.
- Higher prevalence in certain age groups: Men tend to have a higher prevalence of osteoarthritis in younger age groups compared to women, particularly in the knee joints.
- Occupational factors: Men may be more likely to engage in occupations involving heavy manual labor, which can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis related to obesity.
How We Support Men With Osteoarthritis in Toronto
Losing weight can have a significant impact on improving osteoarthritis, as it can reduce joint stress, decrease inflammation, and enhance overall health. We help overweight men manage their health issues by eating better without going hungry and developing healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Personalized Support: We offer both online and in-person weight loss support, as well as group and personal coaching. No matter the format, our members receive the motivation, support and guidance they need to succeed.
Unique Eating Plan: Our easy-to-follow 20/20 Healthy Eating Plan™ is tailored just for men and it uses a calculated unit system that will help you understand portion control and make better eating choices without going hungry. Everything can be purchased at your local supermarket.
Accountability: Our program helps members stay on track through regular check-ins and support.
Proven Success: We have helped thousands of men regain their health since 1985. Take a look at our Google reviews!
Attend a free meeting and see why our program has provided consistent and lasting success for our members.