Being overweight can pose various health risks, but it could prove to be especially problematic in accurately diagnosing RA.
Being overweight can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms and make it harder to achieve remission.
But did you know that it can also make RA harder to diagnose in some cases?
A new study shows that being obese can skew RA tests due to inflammation caused by excess weight, particularly in women.
The inflammation caused by obesity can occasionally make RA disease activity appear worse than it is, leading to a misdiagnosis or an improper categorization of disease severity.
This study, out of the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that obesity can alter the results of common RA lab results like SED-rate and CRP. These blood tests are frequently used in the diagnosis and monitoring of RA.