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How Shedding Some Pounds Helps Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundationreports that losing some weight can help manage arthritis. Research has shown that while diet and exercise combined is the most effective way to drop a few pounds, dieting alone helps more than exercise alone.

Susan M. Goodman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, explains that fat tissue releases pro-inflammatory chemicals that may have a role in systemic inflammation.

According to Dr. Goodman, losing weight may increase the changes of achieving rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remission. In a 2017 study of 982 women with early RA, Dr. Goodman and her colleagues found that overweight participants were 25 percent less likely and obese participants were 47 percent less likely than those of a healthy weight to achieve remission over three years.

Read the full article at Blog.Arthritis.org.