If you drink milk, eat burgers, smoke or go through menopause, you could be on the risk list.
Arthritis affects nearly 40 million people in the U.S, including over 25 million children. Of these people, about 2.1 million have rheumatoid arthritis, something that’s a long term autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints. It can be a difficult illness that causes much discomfort, and scientists are continuing to study it.
Here are four surprising things that can contribute to it:
1) Gut Bacteria
The scientists at the Mayo Clinic say that the bacteria found in your gut can cause, predict and also prevent arthritis. Apparently they’re so certain, they say doctors can test for the bacteria and predict the onset of the illness. It’s not clear exactly what we should be eating in order to prevent the disease, but our diet comes into play.
A study involving over 8000 women published in Rheumatology showed that women with rheumatoid arthritis suffer more following menopause.
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3) Smoke Exposure in Childhood
Scientists say that being exposed to second hand smoke while you’re growing up increases your risk of developing arthritis. Experts have long known that direct smoking can increase your chances of developing AR, but now they’ve gone this extra step.
4) Bacteria in Beef
According to a study done at the University of Central Florida, if you drink milk or eat beef, you could be increasing your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Abacteria found in half the cows in the U.S known as MAP is the culprit. Time to go vegan!