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New research says, “Being overweight or obese can reduce the likelihood of achieving sustained remission of early rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.”

The article goes on to say that, “The researchers found that overall, while nearly half (48 percent) of normal weight people achieved sustained remission within three years, fewer people who were overweight (38 percent) or obese (28 percent) did. While time to remission did not differ among groups, at each timepoint (6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months and 36 months), there was a higher proportion of normal weight patients achieving sustained remission as compared to those who are overweight or obese.”

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American College of Rheumatology (ACR). “Body mass index may be a key to achieving sustained remission in early rheumatoid arthritis.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 November 2015. <>.