Relates Rheumatoid Arthritis Thought Triggered By Obesity

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“As research has shown a link to developing RA from obesity, reaching and keeping a normal weight can go a long way in preventing RA and/or reducing its symptoms.” Mark Rosenberg, M.D. recently reported that new Mayo Clinic research (Obesity Fuels the Upsurge in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis Care & Research, 2012; DOI: 10.1002/acr.21660) has shown that the disabling condition of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is now thought to be triggered by obesity. RA is a condition where the immune system begins to attack the joints of the body – the hands, shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists – causing inflammation, swelling and pain. It often results in reduced mobility of the patient. reports that the connection between obesity and RA comes from the amount of inflammatory cells in the body. Inflammation increases the risk for developing all forms of arthritis and other conditions like diabetes or heart disease. These inflammatory cells – called cytokines – are more abundant in obesity as they are stored in fat cells. Hence, the more fat cells someone has, the more inflammation they have.

Mark Rosenberg, M.D., one of medical experts, explains more about the findings: “Looking back at the records of my patients with RA, I found that obesity had preceded the development of their RA by a few years especially in my over-age 40 female patients who also smoked. Although men do get RA as well, women are the population most often affected by RA. Even though the Mayo Clinic’s findings did not show actual cause and effect between obesity and RA, it gave medical doctors one more reason to encourage patients to maintain a healthy weight.”

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