Weight Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis Control
the MPR take:
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that are overweight at the time of diagnosis may have a greater risk of achieving reduced disease control during the early RA phase. These findings of nearly 500 adults, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, found that RA patients with BMI ≥25 had 51% lower odds of achieving low disease activity and a 42% less chance of remission after 6 months compared to patients with normal range BMI. A 43% decreased odds of pain remission after 3 months was also seem in patients with higher BMI. Excess body fat may impact RA medication therapy or the course of the RA itself.
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