Obesity linked to lower remission and higher disability in people with rheumatoid arthritis

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obesity, BMI, rheumatoid arthritis, disability, arthritis digest magazinePeople with rheumatoid arthritis whose body-mass index scores are higher have lower rates of remission and greater rates of disability.

Data spanning decades from nearly 3,000 people was analysed by scientists. Higher body mass index scores were associated with a lower chance of achieving remission or low disease activity scores. And it increased higher disability by 63%

“Our study’s findings demonstrate the increasing prevalence of obesity in rheumatoid arthritis patients and its negative consequences on disease activity, achieving a treat-to-target low disease activity goal and good functional outcomes,” explains Dr Elena Nikiphorou, who is involved in the work. “Obesity is potentially a reversible comorbidity and successfully treating it can contribute to better disease activity and functional outcomes.

“Based on our data, there is a strong argument to include obesity screening and management as a central part of all treatment plans for rheumatoid arthritis patients.”

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