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Worried about osteoarthritis? The Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool can help!

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) have joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool to help family physicians and other health care providers understand that osteoarthritis is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps providers:

  • Identify, assess, and monitor OA
  • Equip patients for high quality self-management
  • Recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies

We encourage you to raise your voice to support this important initiative by:

  • Posting to Twitter using the hashtag #OATool
  • Promoting this initiative in your professional networks, such as LinkedIn, using the hashtag #OATool
  • Writing to us at to share your impressions of the tool

Fibre rich diet may prevent arthritis knee pain in older adults

According to a recent study, diets rich in fibre from plant-based foods can lower the risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA) in older adults. Fibre-rich diet can also lower cholesterol, contribute to a better-controlled blood sugar, and a healthier diet.

Sources of dietary fibreOsteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects more than 3,200,000 Canadians – about 1 in 10. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown in cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones in joints, allowing joints to function smoothly. The disease can affect any joint, but hands and weight-bearing joints—including the spine, hips and knees—are most often affected. Other joints, like shoulders, elbows, and ankles, are less likely to be affected unless the joint has been damaged by injury.

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Forty percent of people will be affected by symptomatic hand osteoarthritis

picture of a hand over grassAccording to a recent study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, forty percent of people will be affected by symptomatic osteoarthritis in at least one hand.

The study was conducted by the Arthritis Program at the U.S. Renters for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Lead researcher Jin Qin, Sc.D, and his team looked at 1999 to 2010 data on 2,218 individuals from North Carolina, ages 45 or older. Data collected include participant reported symptoms and hand X-rays.

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Le Réseau canadien en obésité publie le premier bilan du genre au Canada

Le Réseau canadien en obésité publie le premier bilan du genre au Canada : Bulletin 2017 sur l’accès des adultes au traitement de l’obésité au Canada

Une modification de paradigme dans la prévention et le traitement de l’obésité.

Report Card on Obesity Treatment Cover PhotoLe bulletin semble prêt à passer du concept qui attribuait l’obésité à de simples mauvais choix de mode de vie pour évoluer vers celui du modèle socio-écologique de santé comportant l’obligation, pour nos systèmes de santé comme pour la société, de prévenir et de traiter l’obésité au même titre que d’autres maladies chroniques.

Comprendre votre indice de masse corporelle (IMC)
Le document Lignes directrices pour la classification du poids chez les adultes, publié par Santé Canada, s’appuie sur l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) pour déterminer si une personne souffre d’un excès de poids. Vous pouvez calculer votre IMC en ligne ici ou en utilisant la formule suivante :

IMC = poids (kg) / taille (m)2

Le tableau Classification du risque pour la santé en fonction de l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) publié par Santé Canada montre la corrélation entre l’IMC et le risque de développer certains problèmes de santé tels que le diabète de type 2, l’hypertension, une maladie coronarienne, un accident vasculaire cérébral et le cancer. D’autres facteurs peuvent influer sur votre IMC. Il est recommandé de consulter votre médecin de famille si votre excès de poids devient une préoccupation pour vous.
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Canadian Obesity Network publishes first-ever Report Card On Access to Obesity Treatment

Canadian Obesity Network publishes first-ever Report Card On Access to Obesity Treatment For Adults in Canada 2017

A paradigm shift in the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Report Card on Obesity Treatment Cover PhotoThe report is a shift away from considering obesity to be merely the result of poor lifestyle choices toward a socio-ecological model of health that carries with it an obligation to our health systems and society to prevent and treat it as we do other chronic diseases.

Understanding your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Health Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults uses the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if someone is overweight. You can calculate your BMI using the formula below or online here:

BMI = weight (kg)/height (m)2

Health Canada’s Health Risk Classification According to Body Mass Index (BMI) table shows the correlation between your BMI score and your risk of developing health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer. Please note other factors may influence your BMI. You should consult your family physician if you are concerned about being overweight.
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Osteoarthritis will cost the Canadian economy $17.5 billion per year

Knee with osteoarthritis

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According to a study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, the rate of osteoarthritis (OA) is increasing and Canada’s aging population and rising rate of obesity is to blame. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of chronic pain and loss of mobility in Canada and is associated with reduced productivity and increased burden on the health care system.

Statistics Canada reports that almost two-thirds of Canadian adults and 23% of children are overweight or obese. “These compelling demographic trends will increase the burden of OA and the associated disability among the working age population will become substantial in the coming years,” Behram Sharif, research team lead and an Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute post-doctoral fellow based at the University of Calgary, said. Continue reading