RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: OBESITY MA Y ACCELERATE SYMPTOMS
Around 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, 70pc of them women.
Now new research shows that obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of the disease.
The researchers also found that unexplained weight loss might also signal problems for these patients.
This could mean that they’re at greater risk for disability.
The study in ‘Arthritis Care & Research’ shows that while patients and rheumatologists may be focused mostly on disease activity, obesity should also be considered.
In addition, unintentional weight loss should alert doctors that the patient may be becoming frail and is at risk for developing new disability.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition. It worsens over time, often leading to disability.