How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

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.
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)
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. .
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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How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis from relapsing?

Some time. Ra have natural remission , lossing wieghtcould helpyour genneral health, the best madication which doctor give you. Read more...

What are some ways to help prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Treatable, but...... It is eminently treatable, but not preventable. We do not know the trigger for the disease! Read more...

Is there anything I can do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

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. Read more...

What are someways to prevent rheumatoid arthritis pain?

Control the disease. The major way is the optimal control of the inflammatory disease. See a rheumatologist and aggressively control the inflammation. Read more...

What can I do to prevent rheumatoid arthritis? My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. How likely is it that I will get it too? Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

First . First degree relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a slight increase chance of having the disease as well. Reumatoid arhtritis is a disease of the immune system likely caused by a combination of genetic predisposition ( we are born with a gene that under the right circumstances can be "switch on") and environmental factors, for example infections. Extensive research is under way trying to identify what can turn these genes on but as of today not one single factor has been identify and as a consequency there isn't anythig we can do to prevent it. Ithe chances that you will have rheumatoid are quite low and i wouldn't recommend any testing unless you have any specific symtoms then your physician will decide if they need to be done. Read more...
Some increased risk. Family members of RA sufferers are at a mild increased risk of developing ra, but the disease is not inherited directly. Your best bet is to stay generally healthy, so that your body can "fight." most important in being generally healthy is don't smoke. Smokers probably have greater risk of ra, and studies suggest they don't respond to treatment as well as they should. Read more...
Agree . I agree with the other answers but you want to keep your teeth healthy as well---cavities have been with ra. Read more...

Rheumatoid arthritis. Can hand deformity be prevented and if it already occur can it be stopped?

If you already. If you already have joint damage, you will need to go on Methotrexate and probably a biologic if you are candidate for it. The combination of two can halt progression of the disease. Sometimes bone erosions can heal, but if you have extensive joint damage the medications will not be able to reverse all that. Hope that helps. Read more...
Joint protection. Joint protection and splints may be very helpful. See rheumatologist who has experience with deformity prevention. Read more...