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How Excess Weight Can Damage Your Digits

It seems no part of the body is immune to the many serious damaging effects of excess weight. If you’ve been using those lovely hands of yours to stuff your face, they may end up bearing the consequences in the form of unsightly, oversized knuckles caused by a joint-deforming condition called osteoarthritis.

French researchers have linked the joint distortion to a hormone released by fat cells called leptin. They found that the higher the body mass index, the higher the concentration of leptin in the joints.

Get a handle on your weight by reaching for high fiber, low-calorie fruits and vegetables to keep hunger at bay. Your hands will applaud the result.

Published September 7, 2004


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