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The Truth About Your Knees, Cartilage and Exercise

admin - October 10, 2012

The beautiful scenery and mild temperatures that accompany fall make it a great season to get outside and exercise. Regular physical activity is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Some workout regimens, however, can be more intense than others.

Many people often associate running or other high-impact exercises with damage to the knees. In this HealthDay TV video, we uncover the results of one study that discovered the true impact exercise plays on the cartilage in the knees.

There are other ways you can stay healthy besides just staying active with exercise. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel  to learn more. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Knees, Cartilage and Exercise

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Exercise is good for your body, even a part that sometimes takes a pounding.

Hi, I’m Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV. Research has gone back and forth about whether exercise benefits your knees or not. In a new study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, a team of experts took a closer look.

To measure the effects of physical activity on specific parts of the knee, they pulled 28 earlier studies from the medical literature. They found that exercise wasn’t associated with evidence of dwindling cartilage, a tissue that helps cushion and protect the knees.

On the contrary, some research pointed to the link between physical activity and increased cartilage volume. The researchers also found evidence that physical activity may be linked to less cartilage damage overall.

Still, they did find that exercise was associated with having boney spurs in the knees. But according to the researchers, this could just be the way that knees adapt to exercise. So in the long run, putting workout shoes on your feet could help your knees stay happy.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news the doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.”


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