Obesity in Women Worsens Lupus, Increases Depression, Pain and Fatigue, Study Finds

Obesity in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is linked to worse disease activity, increased depression symptoms, and higher burden of pain and fatigue, a study reports.

The study, “Obesity Independently Associates with Worse Patient-Reported Outcomes in Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus,” was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Lupus patients experience poorer health-related quality of life and patient-reported outcomes than healthy individuals or those with other chronic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. But the cause for these worse outcomes is not fully understood.

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