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.
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Rheumatoid Arthritis? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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