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Risk Factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis


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Risk Factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. 1. Risk Factors of Rheumatoid ArthritisRisk Factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  2. 2. •A fairly common immune disorder in the United States, rheumatoid arthritis develops when the lining of the joint membranes comes under attack by the body’s own immune system. The attack results in significant inflammation, which can cause damage to the cartilage and bones contained within the joint. Over time, the joint falls out of alignment and begins to lose its shape.
  3. 3. •Researchers have not yet identified a singular precursor for the disorder. However, several risk factors have been strongly linked to its development. As a general rule, women are considerably more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men. Furthermore, although the disease can occur at any age, most patients began developing rheumatoid arthritis between the ages of 40 and 60. As with many other disorders, individuals with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop it.