Arthritis Patients Benefit from Weight Training

A regular weight training regime may help treat rheumatoid arthritis. A study of 28 patients found that weight training led to improvements in basic physical function, such as walking.

Researchers said such high intensity exercising could play a key role alongside drug treatment.

BBC News reports:

"RA is mainly a disease affecting the joints, but a less well known symptom is that it also severely reduces muscle mass and strength and this occurs even among patients whose disease is well managed… They found physical function improved by between 20 percent to 30 percent in the group doing weight training. Strength also increased by nearly 120 percent."

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