A high body mass index has a protective effect on the amount of joint destruction in small joints in early rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{Mil2008AHB,
  title={A high body mass index has a protective effect on the amount of joint destruction in small joints in early rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Annette H van der Helm-van Mil and Sjoerd M van der Kooij and Cornelia F. Allaart and Ren{\'e} E M Toes and Tom W. J. Huizinga},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={67 6},
  pages={
          769-74
        }
}
BACKGROUND Obesity is a state of chronic low-grade inflammation that predisposes people to several diseases and that is increasingly prevalent. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is marked by the presence of proinflammatory cytokines and, in general, the presence of high levels of inflammatory markers is associated with a severe disease course and joint damage. OBJECTIVES To evaluate prospectively (a) whether obesity is a risk factor for the development of RA and (b) whether the body mass index (BMI… CONTINUE READING
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