Several factors increase the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis such as:
- Gender: Women are three times more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis than men.
- Age: Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age, but it most commonly begins between the age of 40 to 60.
- Family history: If you have a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, you are at an increased risk of the disease.
- Environmental factors: Smoking, stress and exposure to silica (THREE S's) are major risk factors for development of Rheumatoid Arthritis.