Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Factors Every Woman Should Know, But May Not

By Deborah Mitchell on March 19, 2013 – 9:32am for eMaxHealth
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Rheumatoid arthritis is about two and a half times more common among women than men, and while both sexes do share some risk factors, there are others that are exclusive to women. New research reveals the rheumatoid arthritis risk factors every woman should know. Do you know what they are and what you can do about them?

What are the risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis?
An estimated 1.5 million adults in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis, with women far outnumbering men. This debilitating autoimmune disease typically strikes women between the ages of 25 and 50, although there is a juvenile form of the disease as well.

Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an inflammatory polyarthritis because it typically affects multiple joints. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis is also systemic, which means it can have an impact on the entire body. The chronic inflammation associated with the disease not only affects the linings of the joints but the internal organs as well, resulting in pain, deterioration, and limited movement.

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