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'Long ring finger could lead to greater arthritis risk'

'Long ring finger could lead to greater arthritis risk'
3rd January 2008

The length of women's ring fingers could indicate a greater risk of developing arthritis, according to new research.

Women whose ring finger is uncommonly long in relation to their index finger have almost twice the risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee when compared with those whose fingers were of a similar length.

The study, which took place at the University of Nottingham and was published in the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, analysed the hands of over 2,000 arthritis and a further 1,000 elderly people without arthritis.

Lead researcher Professor Michael Doherty said: "The length ratio appears to be a new risk factor for the development of OA.

"Specifically, women with the 'male' pattern of length ratio- that is, ring finger relatively longer than the index finger- are more likely to develop knee OA."

According to Arthritis Care, there are approximately nine people suffering from arthritis throughout the UK.

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