Knee Replacement: Do you know obesity is directly linked to many diseases? Well, it’s regarded as a condition that invites a number of related medical ailments including heart diseases.
Now, as per a new study conducted by the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS), obesity has been found to be linked with the risk of having knee replacement surgeries at a younger age.
As per the research. as many as 56, 217 patients participated who had to undergo a knee replacement surgery. Out of the above numbers, 57% of the participants were obese.
As per the UQRCS Head of Research, Associate Professor Srinivas Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, the requirement of knee replacement in people who are diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (OA) has been found to be directly linked with a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index).
In the research, it was analyzed that women who aged between 55 to 64 years were found to stand at 17 times more risk of undergoing these surgeries as compared to those who weighed lesser.
On the other hand, obese men were found to be at a risk of 5 times more for the surgery.
This is what the researchers found, “Obese patients with the highest BMI ratio were also seven years younger on average when they had a knee replacement, compared to normal-weight individuals.” it came out.
Obesity Responsible to Increase the Risk of Knee Replacement
As per the data collected in this regard, it was revealed that almost 2.2 million Australians are suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) and out of them one third adults are obese.
Dr. Chris Wall, who is the lead researcher stated that weight loss is the only factor responsible for such an outcomes where a person has to take a decision to undergo knee replacement surgery.
As per the data analyzed in this regard, scientists expect around 1.5 lakh knee replacement surgeries will take place in the country by 2030.
The above study was basically conducted in the association of Ms Michelle Lorimer, Professor Stephen Graves, Dr James Stoney, Professor Christopher Vertullo, and Professor Richard de Steiger.