10 Risk factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Dr.Tanushree (PT) on May 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints and other parts of the body. The exact causes are unclear, but certain factors increase a person's risk.


1. Genetics factors:

If a close family member has RA, a person may have a higher risk of developing it themselves.

2. Hormones:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women are 2-3 times more likely to develop RA than men.

3. Age:

Anyone can develop RA, but the risk increases with age. It is most likely to start when a person is in their 60s, according to the CDC.

4. Smoking:

Regular smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing RA than nonsmokers. Results of studies indicate that smoking may change the body's immune response.

5. Stress:

Causes RA symptoms to flare up.

6. Obesity:

The CDC report a link between Obesity and risk of developing RA.

7. Early life factors:

Growing up with exposure to certain triggers, such as cigarette smoking, can increase a person's risk of developing RA later in life.

8.Previous infection :

In 2013, researchers suggested that infection may result in RA .Some research indicates that the following infections may contribute to RA:-

a. Urinary tract infections
b. Periodontal disease infections
c. Gastrointestinal or genitourinary infections

9. Gut bacteria:

Researchers proposed that P. copri, a type of bacteria may play a role in inflammation, that can trigger RA.

10. Diet:

Some researchers have suggested that certain substances in foods can trigger the onset of RA.

Source: Medical News Today

Topics: Lifestyle Choices, Stress, Disease, Health, Pain, Smoking

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