A new study found that running lowers knee inflammation. It might even protect against osteoarthritis is non inflammatory arthritis, researchers say.
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47 0 0 0 13 6. 5 0 1 0 6. If you’re a runner, then maybe you’ve worried about the long-term consequences of all that pounding on your knees. But here’s some encouraging news: According to a study from Brigham Young University, running appears to reduce inflammation in the knee joint—not increase it, as commonly believed. Matt Seeley, PhD, associate professor of exercise science at BYU, in a press release. To test this age-old theory, Seeley and his colleagues analyzed samples of fluid taken from the knee joints of healthy men and women, ages 18 to 35, both before and after a 30-minute run.
During that test, protein levels did not change between samples. They say their findings should be confirmed in larger populations. Plus, since the participants only ran for half an hour, the same results might not apply to people logging longer distances. Still, Robert Hyldahl, PhD, assistant professor of exercise science, believes the results are a good argument against the belief that runners are more likely to get osteoarthritis of the knee than non-runners. Rather, they indicate that running is chrondoprotective—which means it may help delay the onset of degenerative joint diseases.