Table 1

Clinical characteristics of 128 postmenopausal women with RA. Values are expressed as mean (SD) or No [%]

Age (years)61.3 (10.7)
Duration of postmenopausal period (years)14.5 (10.1)
Duration of rheumatoid arthritis (years)13.7 (7.7)
Rheumatoid factor positive96 [75]
Treatment with low dose corticosteroids109 [85]
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (mm/1st h)26 (18)
C reactive protein (mg/l)22 (21)
Health Assessment Questionnaire1.25 (0.79)
Steinbrocker's score
 133 [26]
 251 [40]
 340 [31]
 44 [3]