Study Says Running Won’t Increase Knee Arthritis Risk

According to a recent study, regular running does not appear to increase your odds of developing knee osteoarthritis. Furthermore, researchers report it may even aid in preventing the disease.

Researchers at HealthDay News evaluated data from more than 2,600 people who provided information about the three most common types of physical activity they did during different phases in their lives.

The result: Active runners, no matter how old, experienced less knee pain than people who did not run. Additionally, researchers found they showed fewer symptoms and evidence of knee arthritis than the non-runners who participated in the study did.

The new findings were presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in Boston. Findings from meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

This study does not address the effects of running on people who have pre-existing knee osteoarthritis.

Visit HealthDay News for more on their study.