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A 30-year-old member asked:

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause osteoporosis?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Low bone mineral den: Osteopenia/osteoporosis (very low bone mineral density) in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis has been associated with severe disease, lower body mass index, decreased intake of calcium and vitamin d, and decreased physical activity.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Inflammation: Inflammation leads to bone loss. Many chronic inflammatory diseases are risk factors for developing osteoporosis. There are other risk factors such as female sex, post-menopause, advanced age, thin body habitus, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption. Ask your primary care physician or your ob/gyn if you need to be screened and/or tested for osteoporosis.
Dr. Aaron Broadwell
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Not directly : It increases the risk of osteoporosis. A large risk factor is if steroids are used in ra.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

I have osteoporosis but it acts like symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Arthritis tests: Osteoporosis does not cause symptoms in the absence of fractures. If joint pain is present a rheumatologist could order tests to determine if rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis is present.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. David True
Rheumatology 24 years experience
Cause of RA: The exact cause is unknown. Leading theories are that people with a genetic predisposition are exposed to something in the environment that triggers an abnormal immune response leading to rheumatoid arthritis.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis flare?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Several factors: Stress one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress.Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated. Echinacea echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, .

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