Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm say that exercise and physical activity may protect against the development of rheumatoid arthritis in women. The researchers studied 30,112 women enrolled in the Swedish Mammography Cohort who responded to a questionnaire in 1997 regarding physical activity. Participants were asked questions that assess daily energy use at home and wok and during leisure time. Researchers calculated the metabolic equivalent score based on duration, intensity and inactivity.
According to the research findings, 201 out of 30,112 women developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the average follow-up time of 7.5 years, totalling 226, 477 person-years. Other findings include:
The women who developed RA expended less energy per week;
Women who spent more hours performing home or household chore had a 35% decreased risk of developing RA;
Women who spent 2 hours or more per week exercising had a 20% decreased; and,
Women who were inactive during their leisure time had a 27% increased risk for developing RA.
Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2015″ – Dr. Diane Lacaille: Rheumatologist care in rheumatoid arthritis
Today’s feature interview – Dr. Diane Lacaille
ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.
Beginning, March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.
Note answers in this interview are provided in French only. A translation will be provided in the next few weeks.
About Dr. Diane Lacaille
Senior Research Scientist, Rheumatology
Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology
MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, in Vancouver. She practices rheumatology at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and she has a hospital appointment at Vancouver Hospital Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC). She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology track, at the University of British Columbia.
Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability, and 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, using a population-based cohort of RA for the province of BC.
About rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain. It is a disease process (like cancer or diabetes) where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy joints. It is a relatively common disease-approximately 300,000 or 1 in 100 Canadians get it-and is often devastating to a person’s body if not treated properly. The disease process causes swelling and pain in and around joints and can affect the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, and heart. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands and feet. Other joints often affected include the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips. When moderate to severe, the disease reduces a person’s life span by as much as a dozen years.
With a record 122,150,772 million tweets, texts, calls and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day, yesterday was a big milestone for Canada’s mental health initiatives – a total of $6,107,538.60 was raised. Arthritis Broadcast Network proudly joined the conversation to create awareness for how mental illness can affect those living with Fibromyalgia. Today, we highlight the relationship between arthritis and depression, specifically in rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading →
Today is the 5th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, with Clara Hughes leading the campaign inviting all Canadians to talk, text and tweet and share on Facebook about mental health and help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness.
In a press release yesterday, Clara, Canada’s 6-time Olympic medalist and national Bell Let’s Talk ambassador since the launch of the initiative in 2010, said: “I’m really looking forward to kicking off the national conversation about mental health with Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015! Join us in the fight against the stigma that makes most who struggle with mental illness reluctant to ask for help.”
Mental illness is associated with other diseases, one of which is a type of arthritis called fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is characterized primarily by chronic widespread pain (CWP) in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and a heightened sensitivity to touch resulting in pain that can last for months.
In our first JointHealth™ monthly of 2015, we are focusing on initiatives that help Canadian women better manage their health and improve their quality of life. We also look at activities as part of the third year of Arthritis Consumer Experts and Arthritis Research Canada’s partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix. A partnership that has focused on women: mind, body, spirit.
Some of the stories in this month’s newsletter include:
How pharmacists at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix locations can help with managing your arthritis.
Or maybe tuck them away in your closet once in a while. Last year, at Arthritis Research Canada’s Reaching Out with Arthritis Research (ROAR) event, there was a section commenting on “changing shoes”, arthritis and self-identity. One lady in that research said:
“I started wearing flat shoes. So flat shoes meant pants and never wearing dresses and I was dressing differently and my life became different and after a couple of years, it just, you know, it [RA] wasn’t getting any better…I came to realization that this was it, I was giving up skiing, tennis, that part of my life’s gone.”
This is a demonstration of a causal relationship between arthritis and wearing high heels – I have arthritis; therefore, I am unable to wear high heels when my joints are inflamed or in pain. For those with a wandering mind, you may ask yourself: Can I get arthritis from wearing high heels?If yes, what can I do to add glamour to an outfit and boost my confidence without wearing high heels?
A 20-year Australian study reports that women with osteoarthritis (OA) have an increased risk of fragility fracture, even if their bone mineral density (BMD) is normal and their body mass index (BMI) is high.
The study looked at data from 2,412 women and 1,452 men aged older than 45 (average 69). Researchers discovered that 29% of women and 26% of men had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. According to lead researcher Professor Tuan Nguyen of the Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, the risk is fairly substantial and women with OA have a 50% increase in the risk of fracture.
Rarely, if ever, have the movies depicted rheumatoid arthritis, but last Friday, the movie “Words and Pictures”, starring Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche, did just that.
Words and Pictures tells the story of an artist – Dina Delsanto, Ms. Binoche’s character – who, challenged by advancing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), had to change the way she painted and deal with the emotional challenges brought on by the disease. This is perhaps the first time a feature film has focused attention on rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain.
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) Founder, Cheryl Koehn, was thrilled to be called on to assist Ms. Binoche in her preparation for the role, and honoured to be asked to review the script and provide comment to ensure the emotional characterization of RA was as accurate as film would allow. Kudos go to ACE physiotherapy advisor, Dr. Linda Li, who assisted Ms. Binoche with the physical portrayal of her character, and Mr. Otto Kamensek, an arthritis community leader and artist himself, who shared his artistic process and art.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of Words and Pictures and the awareness it will raise for RA.
Like the flowers in this album, all the mothers out there are different and unique in their own sense. We wish all the mothers out there a joyous and happy mother’s day! Thank you for your endless love and inspiration, moms!
Cheryl Koehn is the woman behind Arthritis Broadcast Network. She is a national arthritis advocate, a community leader and a published author. In November 2000, Cheryl founded Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its JointHealth™ family of programs. Continue reading →