Finally, a new study has given some good news to drinkers. Drinking may help in reducing the severity of the rheumatoid arthritis related symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis is a immune system disorder that affects the joints, pain, swelling, and causes inflammation. Non drinkers are at elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to drinkers according to the study.
The study from the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust looked at if the prevalence of alcohol drinking had any effect on the feasibility of developing rheumatoid arthritis or its severity. For this, the study included 873 white rheumatoid arthritis patients and compared with 1, 004 healthy controls. The study team evaluated the severity of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by using joint X rays, questionnaires, and different blood tests to judge inflammation.
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It was found that non drinkers were roughly four times more prone to develop arthritis compared to those who had at least one drink three or more days per week. The researchers also established that patients with rheumatic arthritis who consumed alcohol tend to have less severe symptoms compared to non drinkers. Also, more frequent alcohol consumption was related with milder symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers indicated that higher consumption of alcohol is linked with a noteworthy dose dependent decrease in vulnerability to arthritis.
Also, there is a relationship between increased frequency of alcohol intake and decreased severity of arthritis.
The exact mechanism isn’t clear but the researchers believe that alcohol has some painkiller action and it reduces the immune activity that can account for reduction in severity of rheumatoid arthritis. This mustn’t be taken in such a way that patient with rheumatoid arthritis should aim for near by liquor stores.
The 2011 Arthritis Awareness Monthsurvey was open to everyone suffering from any type of arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupusor other joint-related pain, disability, or illness. The purpose was to get a better idea of what type of support people receive while they’re coping with the disease. Results from the twelve-question survey will help paint a picture between men and women coping with arthritis, and standard of support they receive on any given day. Flexcin will also use the results to generate additional awareness for arthritis and joint-pain related issues.
The most significant and notable item was feedback received from both men and women who feel they receive a different level of assistance and awareness from each other through the responses. The majority of women (78.3%) said they feel like they receive very little support when it is a question to general awareness of issues involving their arthritis. Conversely, most men said they’re satisfied with the amount of support and awareness they receive (65.6%) from family.
Another interesting aspect of the 2011 Arthritis Awarenesssurvey was to determine the degree of support and awareness provided by several groups of people, including spouses, house members, co, and family members-workers. The majority of survey participants feel that co-workers offer more support and awareness compared with other family members. More than half (56.3%) Said they feel co-workers offer a greater level of support and overall awareness compared to that of family members.
Spouses and family members play a fundamental role in helping people with arthritisget through each day. Sometimes, just being aware and responsive to the fact that someone is dealing with a painful bout of arthritis can make a big difference in their quality of life on a particular day. In the survey, 67.4 percent of respondents said the remaining members of the household are never informed of their arthritis, or just sometimes aware. What’s more, 64.4 percent of respondents said others in the home never take an interest in their daily issues with arthritis, or just every now and then. This could take the shape of asking questions to find out more or be more aware, reading up on what it is to have arthritis, or generally making a person’s life easier through change.
The study only looked at how many days per month the participants drank and not the amount they consumed at each sitting. This doesn’t provide a best picture to conclude a story, so the association between alcohol use and rheumatoid arthritis stays hazy. Also, some medication used for treatment of arthritis like methotrexate with alcohol can invite serious liver injury. It is advised to avoid alcohol in such circumstances.
Drinking alcohol may not essentially prevent the arthritis there are many other genetic, environmental as well as hormonal factors that can affect the final outcome. More research is needed in order to confirm the evident benefits of drinking on rheumatoid arthritis. This research shouldn’t serve as a reason to indulge in alcohol. As its well known fact that alcohol is linked to various diseases involving various organs.
Even if the study in future is able to take an absolute parallel between alcohol consumption and prevention of arthritis. Still many issues will remain such as dosing. Because the way everyone metabolizes alcohol is different. Some individuals are in a position to quickly metabolize alcohol in their body but many others have slower biochemical reactions. Hence the dosing of alcohol as a cure for arthritis will remain an unresolved issue. Moreover the social and health implications for alcohol consumption are simple unacceptable. Hence it might never be utilized as a prevention tool for arthritis.
QUESTION: Could I have rheumatoid arthritis?I am 15 (i'll be 16 in January) and i have primary reynauds disease, and i have tested positive for anti nuclear antibodies. I went for tests in hospital and the blood vessels in my fingers aren't damaged. I went today and had to fill out a questionnaire about how arthritis is affecting me, and I looked on the internet and reynauds is an arthritic disease. When writing in pen/pencil at school my fingers are in sever pain so i have to write slowly, which could effect my exams in the next few months. I've also seen that anti nuclear antibodies could cause arthritis, is this right??? Also, since my 12th birthday i have suffered EXTREME pain in my back were it has gone really stiff and i am unable to move it, i have to admit i've never felt pain like it. I went to the doctors and they couldn't do much, although a few weeks ago after experiencing the pain for 9 weeks non stop (it is normally on & off for maybe a week 2 weeks at the most) i went to my GP and was told it was growing pains, could this be a misdiagnosis? Also, my knees click all the time whenever i bend them (just wondering whether this could be linked) I will speak again with my doctor when i go back to the hospital in march, just wanted some opinions.
I sincerely hope it is growing pains, but extreme pain in your back? Sounds abit too much. Your GP could have misdiagnosed, they are made all the time. If indeed you do turn out to have arthritis (which it sounds like to me) I ask you to look into Antibiotic therapy as a treatment. http://www.roadback.org/ Paul