RHEUMA­TOID ARTHRI­TIS: OBE­SITY MA Y AC­CEL­ER­ATE SYMP­TOMS

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

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.

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