Obesity Increases Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Obesity already has been linked to osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage between joints wears down over time. Now, it also appears to increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that damages joints and other parts of the body. Danish researchers tracked 55,037 middle-aged men and women (13 percent had type 2 diabetes) for an average of 20 years and found that obese women had a 46 percent greater chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis than normal-weight women did. Every 5 percent increase in total body fat boosted the women’s risk by 10 percent; every 2 inches added to their waistlines increased their odds of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 5 percent. The message: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight to help protect yourself from rheumatoid arthritis.
Source: Arthritis Care & Research, July 5, 2018