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Exercise won’t bring on knee arthritis

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The study included data from 1,522 people and tested whether or not there was an association between getting 150 minutes of physical activity per week and the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Study participants (age 45 and up) who engaged in the highest levels of physical activity—up to 5 hours a week—did have a slightly higher risk of knee osteoarthritis, but the difference was not statistically significant.

Those findings taken together are good news, says Joanne Jordan, senior study author and director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. ““Furthermore, we found this held true no matter what a person’s race, sex, or body weight is. There was absolutely no association between these factors and a person’s risk.”

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