Rheumatoid Arthritis – Causes

Rheumatoid Arthritis- Causes

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Rheumatoid Arthritis- Causes

Rheumatoid Arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease. Therefore, the cells that line the joints are attacked by the body’s own immune system, which results inflammation of the joints resulting in symptoms such as swollen and stiff joints. The long-term consequences of repeated bouts of inflammation is likely damage to the joint cartilage and the closest bones to the joint.

People that may have an increased risk of developing the condition are:

  1. Women
  2. Those with a family history of the condition
  3. Smokers