Slowing of bone loss in patients with rheumatoid arthritis by long-term high-intensity exercise: results of a randomized, controlled trial.
Jong, Z de
Vlieland, TP Vliet
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0.8-2.5) over the first year and 0.5% (95% CI 1.1-2.0) over the second year. The change in hip BMD was significantly and independently associated with changes in both muscle strength (multivariate odds ratio [OR] 1.75, 95% CI 1.07-2.86) and aerobic fitness (OR 1.79, 95% CI 1.10-2.90), but not with the attendance rate (OR 1.00, 95% CI 0.99-1.00). CONCLUSION: A long-term high-intensity weight-bearing exercise program for RA patients is effective in slowing down the loss of BMD at the hip. The exercise modalities associated with this effect are muscle strength and aerobic fitness.