Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Obesity Contributes To Rapid Cartilage Loss

“Obesity, among other factors, is strongly associated with an increased risk of rapid cartilage loss, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology. ‘We have isolated demographic and MRI-based risk factors for progressive cartilage loss,’ said the study's lead author, Frank W. Roemer, M.D., adjunct associate professor at Boston University and co-director of the Quantitative Imaging Center at the Department of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine. ‘Increased baseline body mass index (BMI) was the only non-MRI-based predictor identified.’ The best way to prevent or slow cartilage loss and subsequent disability is to identify risk factors early.”

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