The renowned researcher, immunologist, expert and former president of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), Virginia Kraus, has visited our foundation, OAFI, to strengthen ties and continue advancing in the work we are doing together to improve the lives of patients with osteoarthritis. Virginia Kraus is also an advisor to the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), and is responsible for the US Osteoarthritis and Obesity Programmes.
During the visit, Dr. Kraus explained the importance of movement to increase the quality of life of those affected. After conducting various studies, it was concluded that “every minute counts. A little goes a long way. For example, the simple act of brushing your teeth already adds up, so every minute of movement counts to help improve quality of life,” Kraus said.
He added that “45 minutes of daily activity is recommended, even for those with reduced mobility, if they cannot leave the house, they can also walk and/or move around indoors. For those who are a little bit more physically fit, 10,000 steps a day or a little bit less is recommended. More than 10,000 can in some cases be counterproductive”.
In cases where people are unable to walk, Kraus said that solutions, such as cycling or movement in water, must be sought. “Our weight in water is 1/8th less than our weight on land, so that would be very similar to our weight on the moon.