Navigation Links
2 in 5 adults with rheumatoid arthritis are physically inactive
Date:1/25/2012

A new study, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), found that two in five adults (42%) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were inactive. Taking measures to motivate RA patients to increase their physical activity will improve public health according to the findings now available in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

The ACR estimates nearly 1.3 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with RA, a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by systemic joint inflammation that can damage joints, impair function, and cause significant disability. Until the early 1980s, medical experts recommended medication and rest for those with arthritis. However, current medical evidence now suggests that regular, moderate physical activity benefits arthritis sufferers by maintaining joint flexibility, improving balance, strengthening muscles, and reducing pain.

"While there is much evidence of the benefits of physical activity, RA patients are generally not physically active, and physicians often do not encourage regular physical activity in this patient population," explains Dr. Jungwha Lee, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. "Our study aims to expand understanding of the risk factors associated with inactivity among adults with RA and encourage clinical interventions that promote participation in physical activity."

Dr. Lee and colleagues analyzed data on 176 RA patients, 18 years of age or older enrolled in a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of an intervention promoting physical activity. The team evaluated pre-intervention data for inactivity which was defined as no sustained 10-minute periods of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during a week. Researchers also assessed the relationships between inactivity and modifiable risk factors such as motivation for physical activity, obesity, and pain.

Results show that 42% of RA patients were inactive; participating in no moderate-to-vigorous physical activity periods of at least ten minutes during a 7-day period of objective activity monitoring. Researchers found that 53% of study participants lacked strong motivation for physical activity and 49% lacked strong beliefs in the benefits of physical activity. These two modifiable risk factors account for 65% of excess inactivity in this study group.

While previous research relied on self-reported physical activity measures, the strength of the current study lies in the use of accelerometersa device used to measure acceleration and movementto objectively assess physical activity in participants. "Physical inactivity among RA patients is a public health concern," concludes Dr. Lee. "Our results suggest that public health initiatives need to address the lack of motivation to exercise and promote the benefits of physical activity to reduce the prevalence of inactivity in those with RA."


'/>"/>

Contact: Dawn Peters
healthnews@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Watch your step: Elevator-related injuries and older adults
2. Americans Recognize Risk of Fire to Older Adults
3. Damaged protein identified as early diagnostic biomarker for Alzheimers disease in healthy adults
4. Overweight middle-aged adults at greater risk for cognitive decline in later life
5. Third of Young U.S. Adults Lack Health Insurance
6. Video games may help combat depression in older adults
7. Major depression more than doubles risk of dementia among adults with diabetes
8. The VA Maryland Health Care System Offers Tips for Senior Citizens and Older Adults to Spring into Shape
9. Twinlab Launches New Resveratrol Supplement for Adults
10. Save the Children Reaches More than 500,000 Children and Adults Two Months After Haiti Earthquake
11. ACCORD: Intensive BP, combined lipid therapies do not help adults with diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Braun Industries will be participating as an exhibitor at EMS ... place February 23-25, 2017 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in ... new ambulances on display. , “JEMS is a leader in EMS news ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... Massachusetts (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... the leading source of disruptive innovation in the industry, according to the recent ... Reports are based on surveys of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, a qualified ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 18, 2017 , ... ... the latest information and contact points to easily connect elderly veterans of America's ... living, and elder-care funding. It also conveys material on this year's increase in ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... its educational assistance management solution to the exhibit floor for the 2017 ... Fla. , From Feb. 19–23, 2017, more than 40,000 healthcare industry professionals ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Access today ... Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., February 19-23. Visitors to the company’s booth (#1778) will ... used electronic patient signatures solution in healthcare . , Since it first ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)...  National Decision Support Company (NDSC) announces its ... Imaging platform within the full range of MEDITECH ... foundation for MEDITECH sites, through a directly supported ... Support Mechanism through the MEDITECH EHR. ... the integration of NDSC,s mechanism, which enables provider ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017   Orion Health ... its Amadeus precision medicine platform to the ... currently manages over 110 million patient records globally. ... developing cloud-based, big data solutions built on modern, scalable ... Healthcare and Life Sciences. "The AWS Cloud gives healthcare ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017  Today from HIMSS17, ... image management suite, announced the launch of  Ambra ... medical imaging. Built around modern, RESTful web-services, this is ... imaging. With these new APIs, IT departments ... and imaging data into other applications such as population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: