A recent article published by the Society for Women’s Health Research report on findings of a study conducted in Sweden. The researchers found that even though the women and men in the study had very similar disease activity at the beginning of the study, the women were less likely to go into remission, or experience an absence or decrease in symptoms, after being treated for the disease. The new research was presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology.
The reason for this difference is not understood, although it has been long understood that women as a whole are affected more often than men by autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers believe that the difference might arise from hormonal differences between men and women, but that predisposition for autoimmune disorders is likely the product of several factors such as biological or environmental triggers as well as genetic risk factors. Studies have shown that early diagnosis and proper management can slow the progression and damage of the disease. According to the researchers, “reinforced vigilance in the frequency and quality of follow-up in order to achieve optimal suppression of the inflammatory process in all patients, regardless of gender.”
Published On: August 25, 2006