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Losing or Gaining Weight after Total Joint Replacement Affects Patients’ Pain, Function and Activity Years Later

Gaining or Losing weight after total joint replacement surgery affects how patients do years after having the surgery to replace worn hip or knee joints. Those who lose weight have better function and activity levels two years after surgery than those who gain weight, according to a recent study at the Hospital for Special […]

Walking Briskly for One Hour a Day Cuts Genetic Effect of Obesity in Half

What you do and don’t do affects your genetic tendency toward obesity, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.

For example, researchers found that people can cut the genetic effect of obesity in half by walking briskly for an hour […]

Excess Weight Leads to Spine Disc Degeneration, Study Concludes

Overweight and obese adults are more likely than normal weight adults to have degenerated discs in the lower spine, according to a study published Jan. 30, 2012, in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

The authors recruited 2,599 adults from Southern China between 2001 and 2009. Their ages were 21 and older. Some had back […]

Physical Fitness More Important than Body Weight in Reducing Death Risk

By maintaining or improving your fitness level, you can reduce your risk of death from heart disease and stroke—even if your weight hasn’t changed or increases, according to a new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

This is good news for people who are physically fit but can’t seem to lose […]