Researchers say working can assist cartilage in our knees as we age

Adam Cohen and Dr. Rod McEver

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I can’t tell you how many times someone has changed the following statement to me: “Running will damage your knees.”

But I’ve been a (fairly) dedicated athlete for 35 years, and, knocking on wood, with the exception of a few minor speed bumps over the years, my knees seem fine. Am I just lucky?

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Of course, running isn’t for everyone. And I write this as someone who used to run a marathon and now prefers to walk.

While running, with its constant pounding, it seems ready to destroy cartilage in the knee, a study conducted by Stanford University showed the opposite. Led by Dr. Eliza Chakravarty, who later joined the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation as a rheumatologist, the scientists conducted an 18-year study comparing the extent of degeneration knee osteoarthritis in a group of nearly 100 runners and non-runners with an average age of 58 at the beginning of the study.

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