Drinking Soda Puts Women at Risk for Getting Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to the Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II, consuming one of more servings of sodaevery day can make women up to 63% more likely to develop seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For women older than 55, drinking soda frequently increases their susceptibility to the disease by 164%.

The two Nurses’ Health studies involved observation of more than 180,000 American women. Each of the participants responded to questions about their diet every four years. Scientists didn’t find any link between diet soda consumption and RA development. They also didn’t find any data indicating that drinking soda had any effect on the women’s chances of getting seronegative RA.

Drinking soda is one of many factors that can affect one’s chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis in the feet and ankles. If you have RA or are concerned about getting it, contact podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can provide you with treatment for your symptoms and teach you how to properly care for your lower extremities.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.


  • Swelling & pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation


Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

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