Obese women at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

The Chicago Tribune reports, “Obese women may have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.”

As the Tribune notes, “the study by the Mayo Clinic, which was published in … Arthritis Care & Research, found the risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis was about 20 percent more for women who were overweight.”

The story reports that women with rheumatoid arthritis are more vulnerable to heart attacks than the general population because of their automimmune disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1.3 million people in the US have rheumatoid arthritis.

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