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How can being overweight affect your medications for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Some RA drugs, including biologics and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, don’t work as well when you’re overweight. Doctors aren’t sure why. But slimming down will help the RA drugs help you better.

From: How Excess Weight Affects RA WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Excess Weight Linked to Poor Rheumatoid Arthritis Outcomes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases : “The impact of obesity on the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Current Rheumatology Reports : “The Obesity Epidemic and Consequences for Rheumatoid Arthritis Care.”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Fat Affects Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Excess Weight Linked to Poor Rheumatoid Arthritis Outcomes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases : “The impact of obesity on the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Current Rheumatology Reports : “The Obesity Epidemic and Consequences for Rheumatoid Arthritis Care.”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Fat Affects Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

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