Risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis include age, gender and genetics. Onset typically occurs between 20 to 45 years of age, and women are more likely to have RA than men. Certain genes may be inherited that make people susceptible to RA, however, a family history alone does not appear to increase a person's risk.
Are you the only member of your family that lives with an autoimmune disease? Do you have more than one autoimmune disease, a condition known as polyautoimmunity? We have talked about comorbidities, such as my dual diagnoses of MS and RA, but we haven’t talked much about autoimmune diseases which tend to cluster (aggregate) in our…