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Moderate drinking could reduce arthritis risk


A recent study has revealed that that drinking in moderation helps reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. According to, the team of researchers analyzed some 2900 people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and found that there was a considerably slower rise in joint damage for people who indulged in the moderate consumption of alcohol as compared to those who abstained from drinking all their lives.

As per, researchers also found that people who smoked had more damage to their knee joints than those who refrained from cigarettes. The study also suggested that doctors should constantly remind their patients fighting with arthritis to stay away from smoking and perhaps recommend moderate drinking.

Knee X-Ray

The study involved a questionnaire through which the researchers collected data about the smoking and drinking habits of the participants followed by a blood test which was conducted in order to gather genotypin samples. Dr. Axel Finckh remarked that the gradual deterioration of the knee joint at a slower pace would in effect be better for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, since it causes damage to the joints at a faster rate.

Researchers also conducted X-ray tests in order to track the increase in damage over a period of four years.

Another ailment that aches in the bones is osteoporosis, which Joan Rivers suffers from.


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