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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there anything i can do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Neal Birnbaum
Rheumatology 51 years experience
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 smokers.

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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.
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Cannot prevent: Ra cannot be prevented.

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