Obesity could contribute to a patient's need to undergo knee surgery
, according to the findings of a new study.
The report analysed 347 knees in 336 male and female patients who were all classified as being overweight but had very little or no cartilage damage.
It was found that rapid cartilage loss occurred in over five per cent of participants while 30 per cent experienced slow cartilage loss over 30 months.
Dr Roemer, 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, led the study.
He commented: "As obesity is one of the few established risk factors for osteoarthritis, it is not surprising that obesity may also precede and predict rapid cartilage loss.
"Weight loss is probably the most important factor to slow disease progression."
Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the world and has been identified as one of the most urgent health issues of the 21st century