As we are all painfully aware of, obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. With over one third of American adults suffering from obesity (the actual number is 34.9%, according to the CDC), obesity is a very real and scary problem.
New studies have emerged in recent years that link obesity not only to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and various forms of cancer, but also to arthritis. The extra weight and reduced flexibility brought on by obesity can strain the body, specifically its joints, until forms of arthritis begin to develop.
One organization, Finitro Forte Plus, has dedicated itself to developing a cure for arthritis. Although they have no found a cure as of yet, the company, which is based in The Netherlands, has created a supplement aimed at relieving the symptoms of arthritis.
We spoke with a representative from Finitro, who had this to say about the company's work: "We want nothing more than for science to be able to say 'we've done it, we've cured this problem for everyone, now and [we are] going forward,' but the reality is that medicine is not there yet. The whole reason we exist is to try and give people a means to manage their pain until a permanent solution is found."
That solution may be on its way, though it most likely will not exist in a single drug. Studies performed by various institutions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have suggested that simple exercises, such as walking or stretching, can prevent or improve symptoms of arthritis.
The LA Times writes, "While it may seem counterintuitive to move more when moving hurts, the new study [conducted by scientists at Boston University] suggests about one hour of walking per day, at an average pace of 100 steps per minute, may be the perfect dose to ward off the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis."
Other studies conducted by scientists at Stanford University and Duke University have come to conclusions also linking obesity to arthritis and linking exercise to the solution to the problem.
A recent study conducted by EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) also suggests that obesity can be a factor in the development of osteoarthritis in the knees. This converging of evidence is making it look more and more like obesity is part of the problem when it comes to arthritis, and the solution to both problems is exercise.
As put by the Finitro representative to whom we spoke, "Studies like the one done by the EULAR are good, because they provide science with the steps needed to keep working for a cure, and they provide those suffering with simple, safe advice on the best way to mitigate their pain."
The rep continued, "The common thread in all these recent studies comes back to one simple idea: movement. If you are able to move, exercise the joints, exert some energy in a meaningful, consistent way, in a way that combats sedentary life without being uncomfortable, you seem to have a much better chance of not being afflicted with arthritis."
This quote sums up all of the extensive research nicely. It explains that not only will exercise and proper movement improve one's arthritis, but also these activities may prevent the onset of arthritis altogether.
For the moment, however, researchers will continue to conduct studies to make sure all possible treatment methods are explored. This is encouraging news to our representative from Finitro, who stated, "Until we have a definite, solid answer to this ailment, the more eyes on it, and the more safe suggestions for its treatment, the better."