A new study finds that when it comes to alleviating the pain caused by knee osteoarthritis combining diet and exercise yields much better results than diet or exercise alone.
Wake forest University researchers studied nearly 400-people and split them into three groups: diet, exercise, and diet with exercise.
they found that after 18-months, average weight loss was greater in the diet with exercise group.
When compared to the exercise group, the diet with exercise group had less knee pain, less inflammation, better function, faster walking speed, and better physical health.
Researchers say an intensive weight loss and exercise regimen may have both anti-inflammatory and bio-mechanical benefits, especially if a person can safely achieve a significant long-term weight loss.