Obese patients hit hardest by rheumatoid arthritis

19 June 2013

Obese and overweight patients suffer much more from rheumatoid arthritis and are less likely to achieve remissions, a new study shows.

The health research, which was presented at EULAR 2013, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, shows that overweight and obese patients are less likely to achieve successful remission in early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) compared to those of normal weight.

Obese and overweight ERA subjects required 2.4 times more anti-TNF therapy throughout the study than normal weight participants without achieving similar remission outcomes.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting approximately one in 100 people worldwide.

For obese patients, gastric band surgery can help them lose weight and fight the condition better.

"Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole," said researcher Elisa Gremese, of the Institute of Rheumatology and Affine Sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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