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Obese people most likely to be affected by rheumatoid - Dr. Al-Herz
April 21, 2016, 10:26 am

A study carried out by Kuwait Sejel (record) foundation showed that obese people were likely to be affected by Rheumatoid than other persons.

The study, which has been conducted recently, showed that 37 percent of rheumatoid patients in Kuwait were obese and only 21 percent have normal body mass index (BMI), Dr. Adeeba Al-Herz, founder of Sejel and Rheumatoid Consultant at Amiri Hospital, said Thursday.

She said the study, conducted in Kuwait over the past two years and a half, included 1,100 rheumatoid patients in four hospitals: Amiri, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Al-Jahra.

She said that 83 percent of rheumatoid patients were women with an average age of 53 years. Sixty-one percent of those examined have full control of rheumatoid and were living normal life, explained Al-Herz.

She said the study showed that obese people smoke more than less obese, showing how obesity was linked to smoking which might increase possibility of having heart problems.

Obese people, explained Al-Herz, also suffered from inflammations and joints' pain, which would then require them to exert efforts to control their diseases.

Al-Herz urged people to maintain proper body weight and a healthy life-style, which means healthy food and exercising. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints.

It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body. 

Source: KUNA

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