November 10th, 2011

Rheumatoid Arthritis Doubled Fracture Risk in Younger Women

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Rheumatoid arthritis more than doubles the risk of fracture in women younger than age 50, according to the results of a large population-based study. While it’s well known that the disease drives up fracture risk in older men and women, independent of glucocorticoid use, these findings suggest that "we need to make our [younger female] patients aware" that they, too, are at increased risk so they can take precautions by not smoking, and by maintaining adequate calcium, vitamin D, and activity levels, Dr. Shreyasee Amin said at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. 

Rheumatology News, Kerri Wachter, 11/10/11

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