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Obesity, Low Weight May Impact Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from an acceleration of their symptoms if they put on an excessive amount of weight or lose too many pounds.

According to new research, obesity and low weight both have an adverse impact on symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers focused on obesity and its crippling effects on the already very painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Interestingly enough, they found that severe weight loss also worsened symptoms.

According to the researchers, very often, doctors may mistakenly attribute worsening of the symptoms to the actual arthritic condition, and not to the patient’s weight. The researchers are calling on doctors to look out for severe weight loss or weight gain when they treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis very often accompanies weight gain because the painful symptoms and joint inflammation that often accompany arthritis may make it very difficult for patients to exercise. Regular exercise and maintaining an optimum BMI is very important for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Also, many of the medications that rheumatoid arthritis patients take can directly contribute to weight gain, worsening their symptoms further.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which otherwise healthy immune cells that are responsible for fighting germs begin attacking the healthy cells. This often manifests as inflammation of the joints, causing swelling of joints, joint pain, and other symptoms. Over time, the cartilage around the joint may wear off or erode.

Persons who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, get in touch with Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer Lisa Siegel, and understand if you have grounds for a claim.