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Obesity linked to reduced remission rates, decreased mortality risk in RA

Healio Rheumatology—December 1, 2017

Healio Rheumatology interviewed HSS rheumatologists Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC and Susan M. Goodman, MD about their recent study on weight and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Their findings indicated that patients who were overweight or obese were less likely to experience sustained remission during a three year period.

Dr. Bykerk, who is also the study’s lead author, said "this study supports the importance of working on weight loss to help patients get the best possible control of their disease".

"For people with RA who haven’t had an adequate response to treatment, [weight] may be another factor to consider," noted Dr. Goodman.

In addition, Dr. Bykerk recommended that "health providers need to give patients the message that managing weight is an important part of their treatment and actively help them find professionals who can work with them to reduce their weight."

"We are not sure yet how obesity mediates the negative effects on this disease, but there is evidence that it does so directly by impacting the inflammatory response but also by contributing to associated comorbid diseases which in turn affect feelings of general health, activity, mobility," Dr. Bykerk concluded.

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