What increases the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis?
The risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis include: Gender - women are three times more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis; Genetics - people with specific variants of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, but it is not hereditary, because the genes do not directly cause the disease, and; Initiating factors - factors such as smoking, infection, or severe stress may contribute to the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 26 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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