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High or Low Weight May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Worse

These findings can help doctors provide better and more specific care

The research team’s findings are particularly useful, given that more than 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese and the number of obesity cases is on the rise. They suggest that new treatments and strategies for maintaining a healthy weight may help to ease symptoms and to prevent disability over the long-term among individuals with RA. They also stress that their findings may help healthcare professionals to recognize signs of frailty among patients with RA who may benefit from certain therapeutic approaches to prevent disability, such as strength training and physical therapy.