How common is rheumatoid arthritis and are there any specific risk factors for developing rheumatoid arthritis?
It has been estimated that about 1-2% of the people in the US suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and commonly affects women.
As a chronic inflammatory disorder that damages mostly the joints, rheumatoid arthritis affects over 1.3 million people in the U.S. at the moment. Out of 100,000 individuals, 41 have the disorder. The age of rheumatoid arthritis patients ranges between 30 and 60, on average. Rheumatoid arthritis develops when the immune system attacks the synovium, which is the thin membrane covering the joints.
Some demographics are more susceptible to receiving a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, as is the case with all health conditions. The risk factors include being a woman, tobacco smoking, obesity, exposure to harmful substances, such as asbestos or silica dust, having a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, stress, having the Prevotella copri bacteria in your intestines and eating a diet rich in animal products and high amounts of salt and oil.