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International Journal of Rheumatology
Volume 2018, Article ID 9152480, 7 pages
Research Article

Long-Term Dietary Changes after Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Swedish Women: Data from a Population-Based Cohort

1ClinTRID, D1:00, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, 17176 Stockholm, Sweden
2Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), C6, Nutritional Epidemiology, Box 210, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
3Eugeniahemmet, T2, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, Solna, 17176 Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Cecilia Lourdudoss;

Received 22 December 2017; Accepted 10 April 2018; Published 11 June 2018

Academic Editor: Bruce M. Rothschild

Copyright © 2018 Cecilia Lourdudoss et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To investigate long-term dietary changes after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis in Swedish women, compared to women without RA. Methods. This study included 21,602 women from the Swedish Mammography Cohort (SMC), who completed dietary questionnaires in 1997 and 2009. Between 1997 and 2009, 191 women were diagnosed with RA. Dietary changes after RA diagnosis were analyzed based on intake of 82 food items. Statistical analysis included linear mixed models. Results. Women with RA, compared to women without RA, had significantly lower intake (mean servings per week) of animal products such as black pudding, egg, kidney, and liver paste (2.94±2.73 versus 2.45±1.82, p=0.010) and dairy products (35.14±20.02 versus 28.42±16.10, p=0.040) in 1997 and of cereals and grains (31.01±15.54 versus 28.00±14.98, p=0.009) in 2009. However, multivariable adjusted changes in dietary intake from 1997 to 2009 did not show any significant difference in intake. Nevertheless, women without RA increased their intake of whole wheat bread, wheat/oat bran, and rice more than women with RA. Conclusion. Women who had been diagnosed with RA had similar dietary patterns over time as the general population; these women did not remarkably change their diet over time due to their disease. Dietary recommendations for RA patients are needed.