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Does RA effect your lifespan?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Not if controlled well.

In brief: No

Not if controlled well.
Dr. John Kayvanfar
Dr. John Kayvanfar
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Yes

On average, life expectancy in those with rheumatoid arthritis is less than those without it; however, plenty of my patients (and others with rheumatoid arthritis) live much longer than the average.
I have many patients in their 90s and 100s.

In brief: Yes

On average, life expectancy in those with rheumatoid arthritis is less than those without it; however, plenty of my patients (and others with rheumatoid arthritis) live much longer than the average.
I have many patients in their 90s and 100s.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Dr. Kirt Kimball
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

The disease itself does not affect life span but the treatments certainly may.
This is dependent on severity of disease and thus complexity of necessary treatment. The treatments are associated with significant morbidity and thus increased mortality.

In brief: No

The disease itself does not affect life span but the treatments certainly may.
This is dependent on severity of disease and thus complexity of necessary treatment. The treatments are associated with significant morbidity and thus increased mortality.
Dr. Kirt Kimball
Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Yes

The average life expectancy is a little shorter for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
This does not mean that all patients with rheumatoid arthritis will have a shortened lifespan. Rheumatoid arthritis is not fatal. It can be associated with complications and treatment related side effects which can contribute to a shorten lifespan.

In brief: Yes

The average life expectancy is a little shorter for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
This does not mean that all patients with rheumatoid arthritis will have a shortened lifespan. Rheumatoid arthritis is not fatal. It can be associated with complications and treatment related side effects which can contribute to a shorten lifespan.
Dr. Betty Keller
Dr. Betty Keller
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