Exericse improves the health of those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Here’s a no-brainer: Regular exercise provides multiple benefits for anybody who wants to improve their health.
And here’s something you might not know: Regular exercise is even more important for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis that causes destructive inflammation in the lining of the joints. If it goes untreated, the inflammation will cause damage to the cartilage and even the bones themselves. Over time, the joints will become deformed and movement will become limited and more painful.
In addition to joint damage, rheumatoid arthritis affects many aspects of the individual’s health.
The inflammatory process is now thought to be associated with a 50% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events and death. In addition, there can be a significant loss of muscle mass, which can lead to balance and stability issues as well as increasing stress on the joints themselves. There is also a marked bone density loss, which can result in fractures.
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