May 10th, 2012

Is Obesity Causing a Rise in Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Women?

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Rheumatoid arthritis may soon be added to the growing list of health risks associated with obesity. According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, women with a history of obesity are at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis... “The data suggests a significant portion of rheumatoid arthritis cases could be due to obesity,” says study author Dr. John Davis, a rheumatology consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Unless we are able to change the course of the obesity epidemic, we can expect to see a rise in the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Additional coverage: Arthritis Today

 

TIME by Alexandra Sifferlin

Tags: Dr. John Davis, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Obesity, Research, rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatology, TIME, Women's Health

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