Thursday, 28 July 2011

Arthritis & Rheumatism

A recent study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal issued by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), has revealed an unexpected correlation between smoking and arthroplasty (total joint replacement). Researchers have reported that people who never smoke seem to be at a higher risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery compared to those who smoke. The study has also established a link between the physical state of a person and the risk of arthroplasty. Scientists have stated that people who are overweight or involved in intense physical activity are at a higher risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery.
Previous studies have shown that in developed nations, total hip and knee replacement surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries performed.
Data from the 2007 National Hospital Discharge Survey shows that in America alone, an estimated 230,000 people had hip replacement surgery and 543,000 more, underwent knee replacements. The most commonly reported cause of arthroplasty was severe osteoarthritis (OA).
Quite a surprising study report, who would have expected that smoking could lessen the need for joint replacement.
The only conclusion I can draw from this is that those who smoke possibly excersize less, thus their joints don't get used as much!
Does anyone have any ideas on this?

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