Overweight RA patients less likely to achieve remission

RA patients who are overweight at diagnosis significantly decrease their chances of achieving remission, new research confirms.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that overweight and obesity negatively affect the chances of remission and pain control in RA patients, as well as pointing to the importance of counselling patients on lifestyle. 

The population based study of almost 500 RA patients found that those with a BMI over 25 had a 51% lower odds of achieving low disease activity, and a 41% lower chance of remission (DAS28 <2.6) at 6 months compared to normal weight patients.