New Research: Obesity May Reduce the Chance of RA Remission by as Much as Half

Arthritis Today—June 15, 2016

Arthritis Today's Linda Rath writes an article about recent studies that indicate obesity and other health issues may reduce the likelihood that patients living with rheumatoid arthritis may experience remission.

Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, who was not involved in the study comments, "Modifiable lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity must be addressed in order for people with rheumatoid arthritis to achieve their treatment targets. Obesity rates in RA are approaching [those] of the general population and are having a significant negative impact in patients with rheumatoid arthritis."

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