World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD) is observed since 2012 by the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis to raise awareness of diseases. This day will be celebrated on May 20, 2019, with an aim to educate people about diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome, to name a few. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has decided the theme for WAAD as "Race to Fuel Awareness". Menopausal Arthritis Symptoms: Study Suggests Menopause Makes Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Worse in Women.
The ASBMB will share research papers and findings on this day on their official website. The study will help people suffering from arthritis know how they can treat this painful disease by taking adequate medication. One such study published by the Journal of Lipid Research showed that fish oil supplementation in healthy adults increased factors that help mitigate inflammation. World Arthritis Day 2018: 5 Myths About Arthritis Debunked By An Expert.
What is Autoimmune Arthritis?
In autoimmune arthritis, the immune system of our body attacks the lining of the joints. This inflammation not only affects the joints but also has an impact on other organs.
Women develop RA at a higher rate than men. Most of them begin to notice the symptoms of this disease between the ages of 49 and 60 years. You are at risk of having this disease if someone from your family is already suffering from it. Some of the common signs of autoimmune arthritis include reduced range of motion, constant fatigue, weight loss, dry mouth, difficulty in sleeping, deformed joints, eye inflammation, chest pain while breathing and hard bumps of tissue your arms.
In the United States of America, more than 23.5 million people are suffering from autoimmune diseases. Even more worryingly, this disease is fast becoming the cause of disability and death in many patients.