In the News: September 2016

People with rheumatoid arthritis who are obese (BMI of 30 or more) are less likely to achieve remission than people of normal weight, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research (May 2016). The biologic drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis often make it possible to achieve remission, which means having few or no symptoms. The researchers pooled results from 20 studies and found that people who were obese were 43 percent less likely to achieve remission and 51 percent less likely to achieve sustained remission than people who were not obese.
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