Looking At The Risk Factors Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis, RA, is one of the harshest forms of arthritis, leading to disabling and painful problems in the joints. RA is an auto-immune disease meaning that it can open the doors for other serious problems, like infections, to invade your body and cause havoc. If someone in your immediate family suffers from RA, you might want to consider your chances of developing it as well. Learn more about the risk factors commonly associated with RA and the steps you can take to possibly avoid the painful, debilitation that comes with this form of arthritis.

RA Occurs More In Women Than Men

The causes of RA is unknown, but research has shown it is more prevalent in women. Some factors are more specific in women as well. For example, if you have never been pregnant, you could be at a higher risk of developing RA. Also, if you have recently given birth, your risk is higher for RA. While men and women can develop RA, normally presenting symptoms during their fifties, it is more prevalent in women, especially those that have a history of RA in their families. If you are a woman in your fifties and have RA in your family, visiting your doctor for blood tests is important to learn if you have the 'rheumatoid factor', a special antibody, in your blood.

Gum Disease Sufferers Are At Higher Risk For RA

Studies have shown that people suffering with gum disease are at higher risk of developing RA. In fact, people with greater tooth are at risk for more severe RA than those with minor tooth loss. Research is still being done to determine the link between gum disease and RA. However, it is apparent that the town are associated in some way. If you have problems with bleeding gums and tooth loss, visiting your doctor about blood testing for RA is a good way to catch the diseases early. The earlier your doctor can detect RA, the greater options for treatment you may have.

Smoking Is A Huge Risk Factor

If you smoke, you are increasing your chances for developing several diseases, one being RA. Researchers are not sure why smoking increases the risk of RA. However, when you stop to consider that RA is an auto-immune disease and smoking increases free radical molecules in your body that attack the immune system, you might see why smoking could be prevalent in your development of RA.

Caring for your body is the best way to avoid the development of many serious medical conditions like RA. If you have a history of RA in your family, taking steps to avoid bad habits and visiting your doctor regularly is important. For more information, contact Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of South Jersey or a similar organization.


11 May 2016

Allergy Relief: You Have More Options Than You Think

As a child, I used to spend my days roaming through the woods. I climbed trees, smelled the flowers, and laid in the grass looking at the clouds. My love for nature continued through my teen years, but when I turned 23, I began to sneeze whenever I left my home. I could no longer enjoy my outdoor hikes and I started taking antihistamines so I could at least open my windows on warm days. My allergies got worse though and I met with an allergist who completed a variety of skin tests. I started receiving allergy shots and my allergist taught me about natural cleaning processes and sinus rinses. The injections and natural treatments improved my quality of life greatly. Even if you do not want to start allergy injections, you have a variety of options that can lessen your symptoms, and you should learn what these options are.