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Obesity May be Link to Increasing Joint Replacement Rates

The Huffington Post reports that obesity may be the major contributing factor to increasing rates of knee replacements in younger people. Researchers analyzed data from FORCE-TJR, a database for knee and hip replacements and patient outcomes, to determine rates of obesity amongst knee-replacement patients. They found that “40% of the 3,314 total knee replacement patients who were in the database were under the age of 65″ and that “a greater proportion of people under age 65 in this joint replacement database were obese — 55% — compared with people age 65 and older — 43%.” The Huffington Post also states that the likelihood of requiring a joint replacement surgery is 3.44 times higher for people with high BMIs compared to those with low BMIs.

Read it in The Huffington Post.