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Alcohol v arthritis?

Dr James R Maxwell compared nearly 900 patients with 3 or more years of rheumatoid arthritis against 1,000 controls to find out the impact of alcohol.

Non-drinkers were more than four times as likely to have rheumatoid arthritis compared to those drinking alcohol on 10 or more days per month.

Further, all measures of disease severity decreased as the frequency (number of days per month) of alcohol consumption increased.

Those who never drank alcohol were 2.3 times as likely to have rheumatoid arthritis as those who did drink, whatever the frequency.

One bug in the study is that rheumatoid sufferers treated with popular drug methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) are advised to limit alcohol consumption.

So the sufferers in general showed lower patterns of alcohol consumption than non-sufferers. For example, non-drinkers made up 37% of sufferers but only 11% of non-sufferers.

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July 28, 2010 - Posted by | Alcohol, Arthritis, Health, James R Maxwell, Success

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