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Low Testosterone & Rheumatoid Arthritis

A Possible Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis  

An Estimated 1.5 million adults in the US suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a chronic disease that affects the joints and makes tasks such as walking and grabbing painful. They probably have low testosterone levels as well.

Low Testosterone Levels Are linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

A Swedish research study done out of the University of Malmo was just published on the Annals of the Rheumatic disease’s website and points to a connection between the two. In a study that began in 1974 the researchers followed 22,444 people and identified 151 of them who later developed arthritis. Males and females with the disease were found to have low levels of testosterone in their blood as well.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Could Be A Sign of Having Low Levels of Testosterone

It is yet unclear whether having low levels of testosterone contributes to the disease or the disease causes lower testosterone levels. But what is clear is that hormonal changes preceded the onset of the arthritis and influenced its severity. Developing rheumatoid arthritis is, therefore, likely a sign of having low testosterone.

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