Association of obesity with osteoarthritis in elderly Korean women

Publication year: 2011
Source: Maturitas, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Hyejin, Park , Sung-Kook, Lee

 Objective: Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common sources of pain and disability among elderly people. Many genetic, demographic, and personal characteristics are involved in the risk of OA, of which obesity is one of the most important. This study evaluated the association between obesity and the prevalence of OA in elderly Korean women. Methods: We recruited participants (n=3750) aged 50 years or older using stratified random sampling of Korean census blocks. Demographic and personal characteristics and a medical history of OA were collected from the participants by questionnaire. Results: We found that demographic variables, including age, education level, income, and personal characteristics (such…