Session Type: ACR Poster Session B
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: An association between obesity and RA activity has been proposed in the literature. Kuwait has the highest obesity rate in The Middle East and is ranked among the top 10 most obese countries in the world. We describe obese patients with RA and study the influence of body mass index (BMI) on RA activity and severity.
Methods: Adult patients from The Kuwait Registry for Rheumatic Diseases (KRRD) who satisfied the ACR classification criteria for RA from four major hospitals were studied from February 2013 through December 2015. Patients were classified using WHO criteria to underweight (<18.5), normal (18.5-24.99), pre-obese (25-29.99) and obese (
Results: A total of 425 RA patients with1615 hospital visits and available BMI were identified, 351 (82.6%) were females. The mean age was 52.6 years (18-86) and disease duration 6.7
Conclusion: The distribution of BMI among RA patients in Kuwait was similar to the general population with the majority being overweight. Patients with a higher BMI had a more seropositive and a more active RA but less deformities. We recommend that BMI is measured and approached in all RA patients and that overweight patients are aggressively managed to control disease activity.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Al-Herz A, Al-Awadhi A, Saleh K, Al-Kandari W, Hasan E, Ghanem A, Abutiban F, Alenizi A, Hussain M, Ali Y, Nahar I, Aldei A, Alhajeri H, Hayat S, Khadrawy A, Fazal A, Mokaddem K, Zaman A, Mazloum G, Bartella Y, Hamed S, Al-Saber A. Obese Patients with RA Have a More Seropositive and a More Active Disease with Less Deformities [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/obese-patients-with-ra-have-a-more-seropositive-and-a-more-active-disease-with-less-deformities/. Accessed January 19, 2022.
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