10 AUG 2012
Gum disease 4 times as common in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Might be potential trigger and/or help sustain inflammation suggest researchers
Gum disease is not only four times as common among patients with the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis as it is among their healthy peers, but it also tends to be more severe, indicates a small study published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The researchers base their findings on 91 adults with confirmed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a comparison group of 93 healthy people, matched for age and sex.
All participants were non-smokers, as smoking is a known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis. And it is strongly associated with the production of antibodies, indicative of a systemic reaction to a person’s own proteins (ACPAs), and which often predates the development of rheumatoid arthritis by several years.
And none had been treated with arthritis drugs known…
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