Navigation Links
Oily fish can protect against RA, but smoking and psychosocial stress increase its risk

Paris, France, Friday 13 June 2008: New data presented today at EULAR 2008, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Paris, France, show that intake of oily fish is associated with a reduced risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), whereas psychosocial work stress and smoking can increase the risk of developing the condition. The findings, all taken from a large population-based case-control study in Sweden called EIRA (Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis), shed light on the important role of environmental and social factors in the development of RA.

Intake of Oily Fish

For the first time, the intake of oily fish has been demonstrated to have a protective effect against the development of RA, reducing an individual's risk by 20-30%. Studying 1,899 subjects with a confirmed diagnosis of RA (fulfilling ACR criteria) and 2,145 controls (randomly selected and matched for age, sex and residential area), investigators concluded that the odds ratio (OR) for developing RA was 0.8 (0.7-1.0) for those who consumed oily fish 1-7 times per week or 1-3 times per month, compared with those who never, or seldom consumed oily fish. Interestingly, no significant association with RA risk was observed for consumption of fish oil supplements.

Smoking Dosage

Tobacco smoking is an established risk factor for RA, but the investigators found that there is a dose dependency for the level of smoking (i.e. the number of cigarettes smoked across a given period) on the odds ratio of developing anti-citrulline (anti-CCP) positive RA. The highest odds ratios were seen in those carrying a risk variant of the susceptibility gene PTPN22. In the study, 1,240 cases and 798 controls were identified as smokers from a total group of 1,419 cases and 1,674 controls via an extensive questionnaire regarding lifestyle factors, including smoking habits.

These subjects were then classified into three different groups according to the number of pack years smoked - less then 10, 10-20 or more than 20 pack years (where one pack-year is equivalent to having smoked one pack per day for one year) and genotyped to determine the presence of the PTPN22 risk allele.

Psychosocial Stress at Work

Psychosocial stress at work, defined as low decision latitude (or low level of control) was found to be associated with a higher risk for RA. Collected via a validated questionnaire, this was demonstrated in both self-reported data (OR=1.6 (95% CI 1.2-2.2)) and JEM (job exposure matrix)-derived data (OR=1.3 (95% CI 1.0-1.7)). These results were only marginally changed when the investigators adjusted the odds ratios for social class and smoking for the 1,221 cases and 1,454 controls who participated in the study.

Mrs Annmarie Wesley of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden, EIRA investigator and lead author of the oily fish intake study, commented: "The findings from these studies add to an increasing body of evidence to support the assertion that lifestyle modifications can have a significant impact on an individual's risk for developing RA, one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting approximately 1% of adults worldwide. We hope that the data will contribute to the growing understanding of the aetiology of RA and, ultimately, its treatment and prevention"


Contact: Rory Berrie / Camilla Dormer
European League Against Rheumatism

Related medicine news :

1. National Patient Advocate Foundation Applauds Senators Lautenberg and Brown for Protecting Health Care Coverage for At-Risk Children
2. Study pinpoints strategies that protect older adults physical health
3. Most States Fail to Protect Consumers Against Insurance Company Abuses
4. Sex offenders register provides limited protection for children
5. Insured but poorly protected: 25 million adults are underinsured
6. Rutgers researchers show how the brain can protect against cancer
7. Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
8. UNICEF & Merck Partner to Protect 100,000 Children and Young People Against Mumps Epidemic
9. New Jersey Coalition Calls for Investigation of Private Wells to Protect Families from PFOA in Drinking Water
10. Shining a Light on Sunscreen: Sun Protection Misconceptions Unveiled by Dr. Jeffrey Dover and CVS/pharmacy
11. Protect Your Eyes in Style: Cinzia Designs Offers Top Tips for Protecting Your Eyes This Summer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... as a Modern Man for 2015. , Angeleno Magazine is a division ... States. Established in 1994, Modern Luxury includes more than 50 magazine titles across ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Center Enterprise Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani ... support Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... Beard and Brooke Bennett are collaborating with brands across various categories through traditional ... influential figures make up an elite group of Gold Medal Moms who can ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... & Caicos Islands, BWI (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... 2015. Recently Caribbean Journal, one of the leading digital news sites highlighting Caribbean ... top reason? The weather. While much of North America shivers under chilly grey ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Garden City, NY (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She ... is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... , BANGALORE, India and ... -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced that it ... approval and for developing country markets funded by international ... 300 mg + Efavirenz 400 mg) for $99 per ... Access Initiative (CHAI) to develop TLE400. The significantly reduced ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... diciembre de 2015  AccuTEC Blades, una ... precisión, develó hoy un nuevo logo corporativo ... El nuevo logo destaca la experiencia de ... de productos con cuchillas donde "el borde ... --> ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015 Breg, Inc ., a premier ... that it has been awarded three contracts by Novation, ... Novation will have access to improved pricing for Breg,s ... soft goods dedicated to advancing orthopedic care.  ... U.S. population, rising prevalence of chronic conditions and the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: