Tuesday, 9 April 2013
rheumatoid arthritis not linked to genetics
Danish researchers demonstrate using twin's to show that rheumatoid arthritis hardly is an inherited disorder. The result gives hope for the prevention of the disease, which affects up millions of people worldwide.
Generally, it is assumed that 1 per cent of the population have rheumatoid arthritis. It believes however, this number may seem low but it is too high.
Rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most painful and debilitating forms of arthritis is most likely due to exogenous factors, first and foremost, for example. infections. Heredity, which for many years have believed could be behind joint dissemination, plays a much smaller role than previously thought. In the study, which involved 37,000 twins today published in the British Medical Journal, heavily downplays the importance of genetics for rheumatoid arthritis. But it gives no answer to, whatever that is, that can cause the disease.
' Probably refers to a variety of factors and not a single thing that can cause this disease. We know that tobacco may be a risk factor, but it is not the same as to all patients with rheumatoid arthritis as some who suffer from it are not even smokers. There is also talk about influences from our environment in General, from our lifestyle, maybe our eating habits-and probably also infections of various kinds. But we believe that our message must be encouraging for patients. For when there is no talk about a predominantly hereditary disorder, it means that, in spite of everything, it must be possible to do something about the disease, "said a leading researcher