August 01, 2017
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Moderate alcohol consumption linked with OA severity in hand

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Moderate alcohol consumption was linked with severity of hand osteoarthritis, according to a recently published study.

“The observed association between moderate alcohol consumption and prevalent [osteoarthritis] OA and radiographic changes during follow-up warrants further investigation, especially with focus on the erosive hand OA phenotype,” Ida K. Haugen, MD, PhD, from Diakonhjemmet Hospital, and colleagues wrote.

Researchers assessed 406 patients who did not have hand OA at baseline and were from the Osteoarthritis Initiative.

Investigators found neither being overweight nor obesity were linked with hand OA. Current smoking was linked with reduced risk of hand OA in cross-sectional analyses; however, longitudinal analyses linked increased risk of hand OA with current smokers (odds ratio = 2.2). Moderate alcohol consumption was linked with Kellgren-Lawrence sum score at baseline for between one and three drinks per week (odds ratio = 1.55). Moderate alcohol consumption between one and seven drinks per week was linked with increased risk for erosive hand OA (odds ratio = 2.15 for one to three drinks; odds ratio = 2.24 for four to seven). – by Will Offit

Disclosures: Haugen reports she received grants from Extrastiftelsen. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.