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Study – Obesity May Affect the Chances of Achieving Remission in Early RA

Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the small joints in your hands and feet. Pain management treatment for RA in reliable healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC involves the use of various proven modalities to reduce chronic pain and restore joint strength. Risk factors associated with the disease include age, family history, obesity, smoking, and environmental factors. A recent study published in the Journal Arthritis Care & Research examined how being overweight and obese may affect the likelihood of achieving remission in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The study provides insights on the potential effects of weight on the health of individuals with RA.

Researchers investigated the potential impact of body weight on the likelihood that patients would achieve remission in the early years after an RA diagnosis. As part of the study, researchers analyzed data from the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort (a multicenter observational trial) of patients with early RA who were treated by rheumatologists using guideline-based care.

Out of a total 982 patients, about 32 percent showed a healthy BMI, 35 percent were overweight, and 33 percent were obese. It was found that, within three years of the study, about 36 percent of the patients’ experienced sustained remission. When compared with patients with a healthy BMI, overweight patients were 25 percent less likely to experience sustained remission and those who were obese were 47 percent less likely to do so, even though they received similar treatments.

The study results demonstrate the negative impact of excess body weight on RA disease activity and support the need for an initiative to better identify and address this risk in patients. It draws attention to the high proportion of newly diagnosed RA patients who are overweight or obese and who may have disease that is harder to treat.

According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2016 statistics), about 50 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritic disease and 1.5 million adults have been diagnosed with RA. While there are many RA risk factors such as age, sex or family history which you cannot change, obesity is a prominent risk factor which can be changed. Though proper pain management can control RA symptoms to a great extent, losing extra weight or maintaining a healthy body weight can make treatments work better. Adopting positive lifestyle changes that give equal importance to a balanced/healthy diet and regular physical activity can help prevent/reduce obesity. Weight loss programs offered by leading healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC are a great option to fight obesity and its associated risks.

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