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Can You Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis?

May 6, 2008
Like other degenerative diseases, rheumatoid arthritis is on the increase, in fact currently this disease affects about one percent of the population of the United states and the statistics show that this figure is growing fast. Therefore it is important that an understanding of what rheumatoid arthritis is and what the signs are become well known throughout society so that sufferers can get an early diagnosis and relevant lifestyle changes be implemented before the symptoms become to serious.

Being better informed not only assist in early diagnosis but with n understanding of what the disease is, what is likely to eventuate and what you can do to prepare for these eventuation's. If you are unlucky and the doctor informs you that you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, the news can be quite devastating. However, understanding this disease is one way that you could come to terms with it, know what to expect, when and establish a plan of action to control it in the best manner you can.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Modern science has not yet come up with an exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis. But it is now known that when this happens, the body's immune system begins to malfunction, turning against itself by destroying the tissues found in and around the joints. This is why the main symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is manifested by extreme pain at the joints. Please note this pain normally occurs in two's, for example - both elbows, both knees, etc). It is currently thought that the sufferer's genetics play an important role in the development of this disease. (Many research studies are currently underway in this area of interest)

Doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis from a blood sample, this is done by identifying the 'rheumatoid factor' in the patient, which is actually an antibody that indicates the presence of this debilitating disease. When this rheumatoid factor is found along with the typical symptoms such as pain, inflammation of the joints and movement limitation, this is usually all that is needed to confirm the diagnosis the disease.

As rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease, it is important to get an early diagnosis so that you can have it treated. Rheumatoid arthritis can progress fast attacking not only the joints but also the more vital organs in the body - such as (the lining of) the heart, lungs and kidneys. This disease can also strike in the tear ducts and the salivary glands. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any time usually between the ages of 20 to the late 50's and when it strikes it is very hard to cure.

If you are diagnosed with it, it is not the end of the world. There are medications, proper exercise and alternative treatments all designed to help manage the disease and your revised lifestyle. You should take a positive approach to another challenge on life's journey. Through the power of positive thinking, concentrate on all the marvelous blessings you have and will experience and this disease is only another event to be conquered.

As with all other health issues a degree of vigilance is required particularly in relation to your diet and exercise regimes as this all helps to lead to good health and a strong immune system that will keep other common diseases at bay allowing your body to cope with the stresses and strains of rheumatoid arthritis.
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