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.

Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed 2-3 times more often in women than men. It generally involves people of age group between 30 and 50, with a higher prevalence among individuals above 50 years of age. It can also occur in younger people too. Individuals with gene mutations, certain bacterial or viral infections, and chronic smokers are more susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis.

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