Everyday Health urges men “not to let the macho man lurking inside keep you from seeing your doctor about joint pain. Without early treatment, rheumatoid arthritis can severely limit your future mobility.”
From the article:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) does affect men, although in much smaller numbers than women — of the 1.3 million people in the United States with this form of arthritis, fewer than a third are men.
One RA risk factor that is greater for men than women is smoking. Researchers at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan analyzed 16 studies and concluded that men who smoke nearly double their risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, while women’s RA risk increases 1.3 times with smoking. For heavy smokers, which means 20 or more pack-years of smoking (or about two packs a day for 10 years), the risk was the same for men and women.
Find out more about how RA can affect men in specific ways: