Being overweight or obese and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis among women: a prospective cohort study.

  title={Being overweight or obese and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis among women: a prospective cohort study.},
  author={Bing Lu and Linda T. Hiraki and Jeffrey A Sparks and Susan Malspeis and Chia-Yen Chen and J Adebukola Awosogba and Elizabeth V Arkema and Karen H Costenbader and Elizabeth W. Karlson},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  volume={73 11},
OBJECTIVES To examine the relationship between being overweight or obese and developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in two large prospective cohorts, the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Nurses' Health Study II (NHSII). METHODS We followed 109 896 women enrolled in NHS and 108 727 in NHSII who provided lifestyle, environmental exposure and anthropometric information through biennial questionnaires. We assessed the association between time-varying and cumulative Body Mass Index (BMI) in WHO… CONTINUE READING

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