Study: Losing 10% of body weight reduces all kinds of body pains
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new study on beating pain has some surprising new findings.
When it comes to easing pain, a report just released says that dropping a few pounds can make a big difference.
James Iles, who talked to Local 12 at the Saint Elizabeth Weight Management Center, says that has been true in his case.
The study found losing just 10 percent of your body weight can reduce pain even in areas that are non-weight bearing, meaning not just in joints and bones, but all around the body.
“I've had both hips replaced, I was a mailman for 30 years, and my knees are bad, but I don't know I walk two and a half to three miles every morning, and my knees don't hurt anymore,” said Iles.
It appears this may be because weight loss impacts what researchers call the “central pain mechanism.”
Those in the study who lost weight over 12 weeks had less pain not just in the joints but in the abdomen, arms, chest, and jaw.