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Why is the Rate of Rheumatoid Arthritis Increasing in Women?
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on March 13, 2014 @ 11:25PM
Created on March 13, 2014 @ 6:27PM

You've probably heard that rainy weather like Wednesday's is linked to arthritis, but what about the speculation that arthritis is more likely to be in women? One study's research shows it's true.

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone: male or female, young or old. Still, the fact remains that women are two to three times more likely to have RA than men.

Experts aren't sure exactly why this is, but they have some theories. Some of them include Vitamin D deficiency and women that continue to smoke.

Doctors said it can be a combination of all sorts of factors.

"It is more common in women. What we do see is a thing called rheumatoid factors and some other things that are similar to it that tell us that people have this. It's important to see a doctor or a provider to have this managed," said Dr. Sara Chua, a family physician at St. Joe's.

What's more is recent research shows that after 40 years of decreasing, the rate of it appearing in women has begun to creep upward.

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Comments (4)
Mar 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Topical creams for pain work on 'some' folks but it doesn't work on severe forms of arthritis. I've tried them along with other OTC drugs for helping joints heal to no avail. Considering most folks don't realize there are over 100 types of arthritis, rhematoid/psoriatic being the most disabling and severe painful types in which it takes a lot higher dosage of pain meds to help.
Mar 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM
Topical products may work on some lesser types of arthritis but they do not work on severe pain from the worst types, such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. It's just not strong enough.
Mar 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Has anyone here looked into topical pain management to fight arthritis pain? These prescription pain gels provide relief when and where you need it with no side effects or pills. I highly suggest looking into it. If you want to know more, please ask or look up A&R Pharmacy. They answered all my questions and got me on the path to living normally again.
Mar 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM
It's all the poisons our govt officials at the FDA keep allowing their big campaign donors like Monsanto and food producers to put into our food! They still like to blame us for getting ill, while ignoring the genetically modified junk foods with ZERO vitamins/minerals, pastuerized everything. Even pure honey they poison by pasterizing it. ONLY unadulterated unpasterized honey has the minerals/enzymes your body NEEDS. Why do you think your bread says 'enriched' with vitamins and minerals? Wheat HAS vitamins/minerals at least until the food manufacturers got their hands on it and bleached it and then HAVE to add vitamins back in. And the SYNTHETIC vitamins aren't worth a plug nickle. Synthetic fake stuff is worthless to your body. Your body is made to accept REAL food, REAL minerals/vitamins and NOT what food producers/manufacturers synthetically make with chemicals. You'll never get the medical community to tell you that though. They 'encourage' eating all this junk, KNOWING it's not nutritious which explains why majority of citizens in this country are "malnourished!" Europe and other nations won't allow our junk food into their countries; yet our govt continues to feed us garbage.
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