What Causes Arthritis?
Anyone can have arthritis. Men and women of all ages and even children can have arthritis. Some people are more likely than others to get arthritis.
- Age is one of the strongest risk factors associated with arthritis. In the United States alone, arthritis affects almost 80% of those 65 years of age and older.
- Gender. After age 45, arthritis is more common in women. Joints in women are more likely to be out of line than those in men.
- Obesity. Obese people are more likely to develop arthritis in the knees and other supporting joints.
- Injury or Joint Overuse (sports stress). Repeated injury or overuse of a certain joint increases the risk of developing arthritis.
- Smoking. Smokers have an elevated risk of Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Family History. Certain genes are known to be associated with a higher risk of some types of arthritis.