Moderate drinking reduces Rheumatoid arthritis
According to a recent study by Swiss researchers, light to moderate drinkers showed slower progression in their joint damage resulting low risk of rheumatoid arthritis as compared to non-drinkers who showed a greater progression of the disease.
The findings are based on x-ray reports of 2,900 patients studied for four years.
Research done in the past on animals suggests that alcohol suppresses Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by reducing inflammation but heavy drinking promote inflammation, so it is not clear that whether moderate drinking itself slows RA progression or not.
Study also revealed that relationship between drinking and joint damage progression was stronger among men than women but this may be due to difference in the quantity of alcohol intake. As compared to 14% women, 27% men drank once per day.
The result suggests that moderate drinkers who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should not be boosted to stop.
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