Arthritis might hit women harder than men

January 16, 2009 2:47:02 PM PST
It's been known that rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than men, but a new study suggests the disease hits women more severely than men too. Finnish researchers looked at more than 6,000 people from around the world who had rheumatoid arthritis. Seventy-nine-percent of them were female.

The women said they experienced more symptoms like aches, pains and tiredness even when they appeared to have the same level of the disease as men. The researchers say this may be because women are physically less strong than men and feel the strain more.

The study is published in the Online Journal of Arthritis Research and Therapy.