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Obesity Contributes to Rapid Cartilage Loss
Date:7/14/2009

g that obesity may also precede and predict rapid cartilage loss," Dr. Roemer said. "Weight loss is probably the most important factor to slow disease progression."

AT A GLANCE

 
  • Researchers using MRI have identified risk factors for rapid cartilage loss in the knee.
  • People with a high body mass index (BMI) may be at increased risk for rapid cartilage loss and osteoarthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis affects 27 million Americans.

"Risk Factors for MRI-detected Rapid Cartilage Loss of the Tibio-femoral Joint over a 30-month Period: the MOST Study." Collaborating with Dr. Roemer were Yuqing Zhang, D.Sc., Jingbo Niu, M.D., John A. Lynch, Ph.D., Michel D. Crema, M.D., Monica D. Marra, M.D., Michael C. Nevitt, Ph.D., David T. Felson, M.D., M.P.H., Laura Hughes, Georges El-Khoury, M.D., Martin Englund, M.D., Ph.D., and Ali Guermazi, M.D., for MOST study investigators.

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