June 21, 2010

Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks the synovium, or the tissue that lines the joints. Inflammatory substances are then released that cause irritation in the joints and result in the wearing down of cartilage. In some cases, bones may end up rubbing against another bone. Rheumatoid arthritis can leave a person in severe pain along with stiffness, or the swelling and loss of motion in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very real problem, especially in women who are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. In a ten year period (1995-2005), there was a 50 percent increase in women who developed the disease. If you’re looking for ways to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, try drinking a little alcohol and stop drinking tea (if you’re over 50).

The results of a recent study showed that tea increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in post-menopausal women. Women, who drank tea, in any amount, faced a 40 percent increase in their risk of developing the disease. However, women who drank more than four cups of tea a day increased their risk to 78 percent.

Interestingly, drinking alcohol, in moderation, can be quite beneficial for those wishing to prevent rheumatoid arthritis. According to research, drinking the equivalent to about 5 glasses of an alcoholic drink every week can decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 50 percent. Try having a glass of wine at dinner 5 days a week and you may be able to avoid rheumatoid arthritis.

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