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Obesity exacerbates rheumatoid arthritis
Obesity affects the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to Norwegian researchers.
In a study of 1,041 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, obese
participants reported significantly increased ratings for pain and
fatigue than normal weight participants, according to researchers at
Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway.
Obese patients also rated significantly worse physical functioning than
normal weight patients, according to the findings presented at the
Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain. "It seems
that obesity has an impact on a patient's quality of life and on the
self-perceived burden of rheumatoid arthritis," lead author Dr. Siri
Lillegraven said in a statement. "In the key areas highlighted by this
study, rheumatoid arthritis patients with concurrent obesity scored
significantly worse in the quality of life assessments than normal
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