Alcohol may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis

2 May 2013

A pint after work may have health benefits after all, according to new healthcare research. The study, conducted by researchers at Kings College London, revealed that alcohol may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers followed 12,000 patients, and concluded that regular drinkers were almost half as likely to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. However, in order for risk to be slashed in half, patients must have anti-citrullinated protein antibodies in their bloodstream before symptoms appear. This antibody is common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, as it is found in about two-thirds of patients. About 67 per cent of patients may benefit from a few drinks a week, according to Kings College’s findings.

At the moment, the condition affects approximately 600,000 people in the UK. By managing their alcohol intake, Britons may reduce this number. Kings College’s findings did not conclude why a connection exists between alcohol consumption and decreased risk of arthritis.

If you suffer from arthritis, which is an immune system malfunction that attacks joints, resulting in pain and inflammation, consider joint pain treatment to lessen symptoms.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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