Cigarette Smoking Renders Certain RA Treatments Ineffective
Orlando, FL -- (SBWire) -- 02/05/2016 --Unhealthy habits such as smoking have been associated with the development of a wide array of medical conditions. Smoking is also not advisable to individuals who are already suffering from certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Cigarette smoking is believed to render certain RA treatments ineffective. Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition. It affects many people from around the world nowadays.
The Arthritis & rheumatism published a study that reveals individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and who smoke are 50 percent less likely to respond to medications than those who do not smoke.
The author of the study, Saedis Saevarsdottir from Karolinsk University Hospital, reveals that a lifestyle habit such as smoking is modifiable. Stopping this lifestyle habit can even be a part of rheumatoid arthritis care.
In a study conducted by Swedish researchers, it involved 1,430 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. The participants received treatments for a 3-month period. The results showed that the non-smoking group responded better with the treatment.
The study also revealed that those who used to smoke and have already stopped have responded with the treatment just as well as those who do not smoke. Experts recommended that RA sufferers should avoid smoking and improve their diet and lifestyle.
This requires eliminating or reducing the consumption of alcohol, in addition to avoiding cigarette smoking. Engaging in a regular exercise is also recommended for sufferers. Using natural alternatives such as glucosamine is also thought to be helpful for sufferers.
A Japanese study in 2007 reveals that RA sufferers who took glucosamine achieved significant relief from the pain caused by the condition. The participants also experienced improvements in their symptoms.
Glucosamine is a widely used natural remedy for arthritic conditions. It is even used as a safer natural alternative to pain relief drugs. These medications are formulated to provide temporary pain relief. Unfortunately, aside from the temporariness of their pain relieving benefits, their use has also been associated with the development of certain side effects.
RA sufferers should not only quit smoking but also use glucosamine supplements. Glucosamine is a naturally-occurring substance in the body. It is believed to help repair the cartilage and regain its health. This natural remedy is also not associated with side effects.
There are quite a number of glucosamine supplements nowadays. The most popular products, especially among the arthritis community, are those that contain another natural ingredient called methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), which is thought to fight arthritis pain and inflammation (http://www.amazon.com/Glucosamine-Sulfate-Supplement-2000mg-serving/dp/B0126ZF0B0/).
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