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How can excess weight and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affect your body?

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If you have RA, you have constant inflammation. Most treatments focus on easing that. It not only damages the lining of your joints, inflammation can also cause problems with other parts of your body, like your:

Having more fat cells brings more inflammation. That’s because fat cells release proteins called cytokines. When they build up, they start the inflammation process. The more fat cells you have, the more cytokines you’ll have. The more cytokines you have, the more inflammation you have. That makes RA symptoms worse and causes more damage to your body.

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels

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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