Study: Smoking increases your risk, children’s risk for rheumatoid arthritis

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Study: Smoking increases your risk, children’s risk for rheumatoid arthritis

A new study is now raising concerns about rheumatoid arthritis and smoking. .

A new study is now raising concerns about rheumatoid arthritis and smoking.

This condition has now been linked to smoking. A study in The Journal of Rheumatology found those who smoke, especially around young children, are putting the children and themselves at risk for rheumatoid arthritis, or RA.

Researchers followed more than 99,000 women for nearly 30 years. They found that exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood raises RA risk. They also found those who smoked developed RA at younger ages than those who did not.

RA usually presents with swelling in the joints that is somewhat symmetric in its distribution. It typically affects hands and feet, but it can attack any joint. Those with RA also have prolonged morning stiffness and pain that can be severe.

You can reduce your RA risk and your children’s RA risk by quitting smoking.

Read on: Study: Smoking increases your risk, children's risk for rheumatoid arthritis

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