Hey warriors! Did you know there has been many advancements within the research of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In this week’s blog post we will discuss what researchers have been finding out about Rheumatoid Arthritis regarding what type of people are more likely to develop RA and their progress on finding a cure for RA.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is most common in older women, but there are several risk factors that everyone should avoid to prevent RA or make your symptoms milder. According to Medical News Today an article written by Rachel Nall states that obesity and being overweight can often lead to RA. If you have RA you may experience unhealthy weight loss due to a lack of appetite and not being able to exercise, which can lead to cardiovascular disease or cancer. It is important that you maintain a healthy weight, not overweight or underweight, to prevent RA and to allow yourself to be strong while dealing with RA.
Many RA patients wonder if RA is hereditary. According to Yvette Brazier, researchers have found that there is a positive correlation. If a family member has RA it can cause you to have a higher risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis due to RA risk factors, such as obesity or smoking. One reason why women are more likely to develop this disease is because high levels of estrogen has been known to be a trigger RA.
A recent case study that was held at Stanford University helped us get a step closer for finding a solution to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Paddock states that they discovered that helper T cells have low levels of ATP in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients and instead of making more ATP, they make more cell material which causes more damage. In people without RA these cells are able to realize they have low levels of ATP using the AMPK, which is the monitor of the ratio of ATP. So how do we get this monitor to work again in RA patients? They have found a compound, A769662 that can activate AMPK. This will reverse the behavior of the faulty helper T cells and allow enough ATP to be produced, so your body can have enough energy instead of producing more cell material. This study was released recently, so we hope in the near future there will be even more evidence that this can help RA patients!