More evidence physical fitness helps in RA

The clinical presentation of RA is often milder if patients are fitter, new research shows. 

RA patients who were physically active before disease onset presented with a milder disease, both in terms of inflammation, pain and function, the Swedish study of over 600 patients found.

Regular physical activity almost halved the risk of having a DAS28 above the median, found the study that saw benefits of exercise for both the objective and subjective components of the disease activity score. 

Statistically significant effects of a similar magnitude were noted for VAS