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The more you know about your health, the better prepared you are to make informed healthcare decisions. Our health library gives you the information you need to take charge of your health.
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.
Although rheumatoid arthritis can develop at any age, you’re most likely to develop the condition between the ages of 30 and 60.
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. Genes called HLA (human leukocyte antigen genes) increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
People who are obese may have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Some studies have suggested that there is a connection between long-term smoking and the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
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http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Rheumatic%5FDisease/default.asp. Updated April 2009. Accessed July 24, 2013.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated July 2, 2013. Accessed July 24, 2013.
Who gets RA? Arthritis Foundation website. Available at:
http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/rheumatoid-arthritis/who-gets-ra-and-why/who-gets-ra/how-do-you-get-ra.php. Accessed July 24, 2013.