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Reducing Your Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
There are no current guidelines to reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because the exact cause is not known. Managing certain RA risk factors may help. Steps include:
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Last reviewed November 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015
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