RA101: Risk factors of RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most common chronic diseases caused by inflammation. Here are some of the factors thought to increase the risk of RA:1,2

  1. Gender: RA is 3-times more common in women than in men
  2. Family history: If someone in your family has RA, it may triple or quintuple your risk of getting it

  1. Smoking: Besides everything else related to smoking, it can increase the risk of RA. What’s worse, evidence suggests that smokers may experience RA more severely than non-smokers
  2. Infection: RA is not infectious, but certain infections might trigger the onset of RA
  3. Stress: It is also thought that stressful life events may trigger the onset of RA

There are no proven ways to prevent RA. But it may be brought under control if it’s caught early and managed properly.2,3

To learn more:



What to expect?

References: 1.Smolen JS, et al. Lancet 2016. Published online: May 3, 2016. 2. UpToDate. Patient information: Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and diagnosis (beyond the basics). Available at http://www.uptodate.com. Accessed on May 05, 2016. 3. Healthline. Rheumatoid arthritis prevention. Available at http://www.healthline.com. Accessed on May 30, 2016.

Last updated: September 17, 2016.
Photo adapted from original by Theilr, used under license.

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