How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Men

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:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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