Pine Valley, (PressExposure) June 01, 2012 -- Bel Marra Health supports recent research that shows the tie between obesity and rheumatoid arthritis.
In a study published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, the association between obesity and rheumatoid arthritis was examined in a study population consisting of patients positively diagnosed with arthritis.
The study consisted of approximately 196 patients who were examined for joint pain and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as insulin, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels, as well as body mass index.
The results of the study showed that rheumatoid arthritis was associated with an increased risk of obesity. The excessive weight of these study participants may be due to the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, which decreases their capacity to engage in physical activities and exercises that are generally considered as effective measure to lose weight.
The risk of obesity in these rheumatoid arthritis patients also increases the likelihood of developing insulin resistance, which in turn may affect the control of blood glucose levels. Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, "On the basis of these results, the study suggested that rheumatoid arthritis patients should be more actively monitored in terms of weight gain and that exercise schemes be recommended to lose weight."
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang also commented on the results saying, "On the part of medical practitioners who regularly monitor patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the recent medical report serves as additional proof that it is important for their patients to lose weight in order to decrease the risk of obesity."
Rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes are common chronic disorders that afflict adults, resulting in an increased need for medical treatment and monitoring.
(SOURCE: "Arthritis Research and Therapy" Seropositivity is associated with insulin resistance in patients with early inflammatory polyarthritis: results from the Norfolk Arthritis Register (NOAR): an observational study, Sept 2011)
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