Published in Women's Health Weekly, February 26th, 2000
Researchers examined the medical records of all patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Olmsted County, Minnesota (where Mayo Clinic is located) between 1955 and 1985.
They found that while life expectancy improved for the population in that period, it did not change for people with rheumatoid arthritis. People with this disease in Olmsted County have a 38% greater risk of death than someone without rheumatoid arthritis, they found.
For women, the risk was even higher - 55%....
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