Onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Winter and Spring is Worse

A recent research study has shown that when a patient’s first Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) symptoms occur can have an impact on the severity of the disease. If the disease onset was in winter the outcome was worse six months later when compared to patients whose symptoms began in summer.

Furthermore, RA patients that showed their first symptoms in spring also showed poorer outcomes compared to summer-onset patients.

The research was led by Dr. Gaël Mouterde of the Immuno-Rheumatology Department at Lapeyronie Hospital, Montpellier, France. The research analyzed x-rays from the French ESPOIR cohort and included 736 patients who were 36 to 60 years old. Of these, 567 were women.

According to Dr. Mouterde; “During our study of predictors of radiographic progression, we have unveiled a distinct relationship between RA progression and seasonal onset and postulate that this could be as a result of either a vitamin D deficiency or environmental factors, such as winter viruses, influencing protein citrullination. This finding may assist towards the identification of RA patients at a higher risk of developing structural damage, in order to propose early intensive therapy and minimize disease progression.”

No differences were visible in study participants a full year later. Researchers think that’s because these initial environmental factors have less of an effect over the long term.

Results of a new study were presented at EULAR 2009, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Originally posted 2009-11-13 06:50:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 comments to Onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Winter and Spring is Worse

  • Jo-Anne

    I agree with this completely. My granddaughter is 20 years old, and she has “ADULT STILLS DISEASE” that was diagnosed just in October of 2010. This is a rare severe form of Rheumatoide Arthritis that affects 1-100,00 women between the ages of 20-25.
    She is on so much medication and she is to start taking needles to help her. Nothing seems to help, she can’t even hold her baby, she can’t open her pill bottles, she can’t in the mornings put her heels on the floor, and she has many problems other than these with her symptoms from this disease.
    Her doctor has told her to go on a Vegan Diet which has no meat or dairy products because as he says,”all meat and dairy products have cartliage in it, and the joints are inflamed and to put more cartliage into the body is just crazy.
    She has even been told she can’t get pregnant. ;(((
    Thank you for reading this email, I am her grandmother, and her and her baby live with me and her grandfather…..

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  • I am sorry to hear about your granddaughter’s condition. She is fortunate that you and her grandfather are there for her. There is research into potential treatments for adult-onset Still’s Disease. Based on your comment I did some research and found that there was a small study reported on this month. You can read my post about a New Treatment for Adult-Onset Still’s Disease Studied.

    I wish your granddaughter the best.

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  • Historically, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have a tendency to lose weight. This is caused by the irritating pain of the disease working in concert with chemical changes it causes in the body. People suffering from RA should keep its weight-loss effects in mind and make sure they maintain a sufficiently nutritious diet.

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