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Risk Factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Micha Abeles

An expert in rheumatology, Dr. Micha Abeles possesses more than four decades of experience, working as a practitioner, professor, chief of rheumatology, and educator. Currently in private practice in Connecticut, Dr. Micha Abeles is also a researcher who has conducted extensive inquiry into the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis causes the body's immune system to produce inflammation in the tissue surrounding joints. This may cause damage to adjacent bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. Although there is not a proven cause of rheumatoid arthritis, there are risk factors that may increase the likelihood of it.

Genetics may be one cause of rheumatoid arthritis, meaning individuals who are related to someone with the condition may be more likely to also develop it. Since 70 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are women, it is also thought that female hormones such as estrogen could play a role. Other potential triggers include viruses, bacteria (especially oral bacteria), and environmental factors.

 

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