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how can i prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience Rheumatology
Unlikely: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease . It is felt that people who develop autoimmune disease have genes that when exposed to certain environmental triggers the immune system to become overactive. However smoking andgingivitis increase your risk, so if you smoke stop and maintain good oral health.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Do not smoke: There are many potential triggers for the development of RA in patients who are genetically susceptible. Though are many suggestions given, the single proven modifiable factor is to not smoke.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Couple of beers/week: Drinking two to four beers a week may reduce by 31% a woman's risk of painful rheumatoid arthritis compared with women who never drank beer, researchers with Harvard Medical School found. The disease affects more than 1.5 million Americans, primarily women. If you adopt this advice, please drink responsibly & moderately or risk alcohol's other consequences! (Ref. AARP.org/bulletin)
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
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Dr. Adam Smith
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Epigenetics: Do some reading about epigenetics. There is good science emerging that suggests we can alter some 500 known genes in real time through various behaviors that combine yoga, meditation, dietary changes, among others.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Some time: Ra have natural remission , lossing wieghtcould helpyour genneral health, the best madication which doctor give you.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Treatable, but......: It is eminently treatable, but not preventable. We do not know the trigger for the disease!
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Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Cannot prevent: Ra cannot be prevented.
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Dr. Neal Birnbaum
50 years experience Rheumatology
Don't smoke: The only known preventable risk factor for RA is smoking. There are several impressive articles showing that RA is more common and more severe in smo ... Read More

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