• Weighty Concerns: Tackling Obesity in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases

    26 days ago - By Healio

    It is no secret that America has a weight problem. Likewise, it is well known among rheumatologists that overweight and obesity can worsen diseases like knee osteoarthritis - largely due to excessive mechanical load on the joint - and that inflammation present in both obesity and rheumatic diseases may be related.
    In 2015, data from the CDC indicated that arthritis was observed in 16.4% of the underweight or normal weight population and in 27.7% of obese individuals. A mounting body of evidence shows worse outcomes for obese patients with a host of rheumatic and autoimmune
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