Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that affects roughly 1.5 million people in the US and approximately 1% of the global population. The highest incidence of rheumatoid arthritis occurs in women ages 44-65 though it can occur at almost any age and in both genders. While it may seem unusual that for almost no apparent reason, there are three times as many women affected than men, it is important to realize that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition and women have a higher risk of developing autoimmune diseases in general compared to men.

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