“Implementing a diet and exercise program into usual care may lead to substantial improvement in quality of life on a population level, but funding the program may have a non-trivial effect on payers’ budgets. The major components of the cost of diet and exercise are meal replacements and a gym membership,” write the authors. “Further studies should consider how best to implement [diet and exercise] programs and make them accessible to patients with knee OA.”
Losina E, Smith KC, Paltiel AD, et al. Cost-effectiveness of diet and exercise for overweight and obese knee osteoarthritis patients. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 Jul; 71(7):855–864.