Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Factors
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Risks
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop rheumatoid arthritis with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
You may have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis if you have received blood transfusions.
Although rheumatoid arthritis can develop at any age, you're most likely to develop the condition between the ages of 25 and 45.
Women are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men.
You are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if there are other people in your family with this condition or with other autoimmune disorders.
You have a greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis if you are:
- Native American (particularly belonging to the Yakima, Chippewa, or Inuit tribes)
People who are obese may have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Coffee and Cigarettes
Some studies have suggested that there is a connection between drinking coffee and developing rheumatoid arthritis. More work needs to done to confirm this association.
Long-term smoking may be a risk factor for the development of rheumatoid arthritis.