Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Preventable?

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Affecting more than 1.3 million Americans (and as much as 1% of the world’s population), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the more common autoimmune disorders and chronic illnesses in the United States. This health condition involves long-term swelling, stiffness, pain and redness in multiple joints, and these symptoms may permanently damage those joints. RA can also affect other bodily systems as it progresses.

While RA can become debilitating, effective treatment can slow the progression of the disease and lessen the severity of symptoms. Understanding prevention and its possibilities in the context of RA can help you learn what to expect from treatment and guide the decisions that you and your doctor make to facilitate long-term management of this condition.