I was very surprised when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I thought it was a disease that older people got. I got it in my mid-30s, but it can occur at any age, but it usually begins after the age of 40. Something to also keep in mind is that Ra is more common in women. RA is an autoimmune disorder, this means that your immune system attacks your own body’s tissues. RA can affect not only your joints, but also other organs like skin, eyes, lungs, nerves and blood vessels.
There are a few factors that might increase your chance of getting rheumatoid Arthritis:
- Sex – Women are more likely to develop RA.
- Age – It can occur at any age, but most often it begins between the ages of 40 and 60.
- Family History – If someone in your family has had it, you may have an increased risk of it.
RA can increase your risk of developing other diseases including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Heart problems
- Lung disease
- Other autoimmune disorders
Always talk to your doctor before you do anything yourself, but there are many holistic ways you can treat RA.
- Life Style Changes