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Serum cholesterol and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in a cohort of 52 800 men and women.
Br J Rheumatol 1996; 35(3):255-7BJ

Abstract

Recent epidemiological studies have suggested that joint risk factors occur for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and coronary heart disease. We studied serum cholesterol concentration for its association with the incidence or RA in 28 362 men and 24 444 women free from arthritis at baseline. During a mean follow-up of 21 yr, 161 men and 351 women developed RA. Of these incident cases, 119 men and 229 women were rheumatoid factor (RF) positive. The serum cholesterol concentration was directly proportional to the risk of RF-positive RA among women and RF-negative RA among men; the age-adjusted relative risks (95% confidence intervals) per S.D. (1.4 mM/l) of the cholesterol distribution were 1.20 (1.05-1.38) and 1.56 (1.15-2.10), respectively. No association was observed, however, for RF-negative RA among women or RF-positive RA among men. The results suggest that a still unknown factor closely associated with serum cholesterol may be involved in the aetiology of RA, but complex interactions with sex and RF status seem to occur.

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National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8620301

Citation

Heliövaara, M, et al. "Serum Cholesterol and Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis in a Cohort of 52 800 Men and Women." British Journal of Rheumatology, vol. 35, no. 3, 1996, pp. 255-7.
Heliövaara M, Aho K, Knekt P, et al. Serum cholesterol and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in a cohort of 52 800 men and women. Br J Rheumatol. 1996;35(3):255-7.
Heliövaara, M., Aho, K., Knekt, P., Reunanen, A., & Aromaa, A. (1996). Serum cholesterol and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in a cohort of 52 800 men and women. British Journal of Rheumatology, 35(3), pp. 255-7.
Heliövaara M, et al. Serum Cholesterol and Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis in a Cohort of 52 800 Men and Women. Br J Rheumatol. 1996;35(3):255-7. PubMed PMID: 8620301.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Serum cholesterol and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in a cohort of 52 800 men and women. AU - Heliövaara,M, AU - Aho,K, AU - Knekt,P, AU - Reunanen,A, AU - Aromaa,A, PY - 1996/3/1/pubmed PY - 1996/3/1/medline PY - 1996/3/1/entrez SP - 255 EP - 7 JF - British journal of rheumatology JO - Br. J. Rheumatol. VL - 35 IS - 3 N2 - Recent epidemiological studies have suggested that joint risk factors occur for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and coronary heart disease. We studied serum cholesterol concentration for its association with the incidence or RA in 28 362 men and 24 444 women free from arthritis at baseline. During a mean follow-up of 21 yr, 161 men and 351 women developed RA. Of these incident cases, 119 men and 229 women were rheumatoid factor (RF) positive. The serum cholesterol concentration was directly proportional to the risk of RF-positive RA among women and RF-negative RA among men; the age-adjusted relative risks (95% confidence intervals) per S.D. (1.4 mM/l) of the cholesterol distribution were 1.20 (1.05-1.38) and 1.56 (1.15-2.10), respectively. No association was observed, however, for RF-negative RA among women or RF-positive RA among men. The results suggest that a still unknown factor closely associated with serum cholesterol may be involved in the aetiology of RA, but complex interactions with sex and RF status seem to occur. SN - 0263-7103 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8620301/full_citation L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/592 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -