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Rheumatoid ArthritisRisk Factors

6 Sneaky Triggers of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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What Is a Trigger?


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Trigger 1: Smoking


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Trigger 2: "Bad” Gut Bacteria


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Trigger 3: Poor Dental Health


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Trigger 4: Stress


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Trigger 5: Environmental Toxins


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Trigger 6: Hormones


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What You Can Do


Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert is a writer, editor, and copy editor with 15 years of publishing experience. She’s written hundreds of articles for Men’s Health (where she was an editor for more than 10 years), Women’s Health, Runner’s World, ONE37pm, Whiskey Advocate, Silver Sneakers, and many more. She’s insatiably curious and loves interviewing people who know a lot more than she does. She shares their insights and advice so others can use them to improve their lives.