Moose Show Human Arthritis Linked to Diet

Many of the moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior suffer from arthritis — and scientists believe their condition’s origin can help explain human osteoarthritis, which affects one in seven adults 25 and older.

The arthritic moose got that way because of poor nutrition early in life, according to a 50 year research project. That could mean that some people’s arthritis can be linked to nutritional deficits, in the womb and possibly throughout childhood.

The New York Times reports:

“Overweight or obese people have greater arthritis risk, usually attributed to the load their joints carry ... But the moose work, along with some human research, suggests arthritis’s origins are more complex ... Even obesity’s link to arthritis probably goes beyond extra pounds, experts say, to include the impact on the body of eating the wrong things.”

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