Wed Apr 3, 2002
By David Douglas
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with rheumatoid arthritis are at high risk of developing the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, but exercise could help strengthen the bones of these patients, Danish researchers report.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks joint tissues, leading to damage in many parts of the body, including bone, cartilage and various internal organs. The disease can cause severe disabilities, particularly in older people, and its exact causes are still not known.