Cigarette smoking associates with body weight and muscle mass of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a cross-sectional, observational study

@article{StavropoulosKalinoglou2008CigaretteSA,
  title={Cigarette smoking associates with body weight and muscle mass of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a cross-sectional, observational study},
  author={Antonios Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou and George S Metsios and Vasileios F. Panoulas and Karen M. J. Douglas and Alan M Nevill and Athanasios Z Jamurtas and Marina Kita and Yiannis Koutedakis and George D. Kitas},
  journal={Arthritis Research & Therapy},
  year={2008},
  volume={10},
  pages={R59 - R59}
}
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with altered metabolism leading to muscle wasting. In the general population, cigarette smoking is known to affect body composition by reducing fat and inhibiting muscle synthesis. Even though smoking has been implicated in the pathophysiology and progression of RA, its possible effects on body composition of such patients have not been studied. This cross-sectional study aimed to identify potential associations of smoking with body weight… CONTINUE READING
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