Running the Sedentary Out of Rheumatoid Arthritis Living

2009-11-12 |

As a frequently crippling chronic disease affecting roughly 1% of the population, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has long been associated with reduced mobility due to the significant pain that sufferers can feel in their swollen, painful joints. None of us wants to move when it is painful to do so and for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the situation is no different. Unfortunately, because the pain of RA generally does not go away, or goes away only for short time periods, those with the condition who do not fight the pain to be active are often left vulnerable to the health problems that arise from a sedentary lifestyle. These risks are in addition to the risks of the disease itself.

What Are The Risks Of Sedentary Lifestyle To Those With RA?

Sedentary living has been associated, for more than 20 years, with increased rates of heart disease, cancer, back problems, and respiratory problems to name only a few issues. In fact, the health effects of sedentary living are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being the number one cause of preventable deaths worldwide. As a result, it is very important to consider the effects that a lack of activity can have on the overall health of the those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What’s more, for those with the condition, additional problems can arise due to lack of physical activity. One common problem for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers is a loss of cell mass and in particular, loss of muscle mass. Here the disease and physical inactivity work together to cause muscle wasting that reduces the strength and ability to function for people with the disease.

A second major problem is an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in those with RA that is caused by ongoing inflammation and damage to blood vessels. Here again, sedentary living is dangerous to the health of those with rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, it is because the lack of exercise means that the heart and circulatory system are not kept strong in order to reduce the risks just mentioned.

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Category: Disease Information, Health Risks, Medical Research

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