ALCOHOL MAY PROTECT AGAINST RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

A recent study published in the Annals of Rheumatoid Diseases suggests that alcohol may protect against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Analysis of data from1,666 patients in Finland suggests that alcohol use either protects against RA or that patients with RA curtail their drinking after developing the disease. For a number of reasons, the authors suggest that it is more plausible that alcohol protects against RA.


Reference:

  • Myllykangas-Lusojarvi, R., Aho, K., Kautiainen, H., and Hakala, M. Reduced incidence of alcohol related deaths in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of Rheumatoid Diseases, 2000, 59, 75-76

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