Is Diabetes Mellitus a Risk Factor for Osteoarthritis?

Reports of a positive association between diabetes and osteoarthritis are hard to interpret because being overweight or obese strongly increases the risk of both conditions. A systematic review that identified 31 studies with a total of nearly 300,000 participants suggests that if body mass index (BMI) is taken into account, there is little evidence that… Read More

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Is There Any Link Between Soft Drink Intake & Osteoarthritis?

Research Paper Title Soft Drink Intake and Progression of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Background The researchers examined the prospective association of soft drink consumption with radiographic progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This was a prospective cohort study which used data from the osteoarthritis initiative (OAI). Methods In OAI, 2149 participants with… Read More

Got Back Pain, Get Paracetamol: Really?

Research Paper Title Efficacy and Safety of Paracetamol for Spinal Pain and Osteoarthritis: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Placebo Controlled Trials. Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of paracetamol (acetaminophen) in the management of spinal pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Results 12 reports (13 randomised… Read More

Is There A Link? Soft Drinks & Osteoarthritis

Research Paper Title Soft Drink Intake and Progression of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Background The researchers examine the prospective association of soft drink consumption with radiographic progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA) using a prospective cohort study. The study used data from the osteoarthritis initiative (OAI) using 2149 participants with radiographic knee OA and… Read More

Osteoarthritis: To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

Research Paper Title Exercise for Lower Limb Osteoarthritis: Systematic Review incorporating Trial Sequential Analysis and Network Meta-analysis. Study Question Which types of exercise intervention are most effective in relieving pain and improving function in people with lower limb osteoarthritis? Summary Answer As of 2002 sufficient evidence had accumulated to show significant benefit of exercise over… Read More