About Rheumatoid Arthritis

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

The knowledge about Rheumatoid Arthritis can vary a lot but there are a few things that comes up into question a little bit more frequently than others. I will be trying my very best to answer a few of the questions that I have been receiving about Rheumatoid Arthritis lately, these are the most popular ones.

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Hereditary

This is a question that has both a yes and a no answer. The majority of the time the answer is no however your genes can make you more prone to get it. The actual anomaly that causes Rheumatoid Arthritis is located in your genes and that may actually run in the family but the risk of inheriting it is quite low.

However, if you do visit a doctor due to your Rheumatoid Arthritis the likelihood that they will ask you if your immediate family suffers from this condition, I would say is quite large.

So if you do not inherited Rheumatoid Arthritis then what are some Rheumatoid Arthritis risk factors.

One of the risk factors is, believe it or not, if someone in your family has it, then you might be more prone to get it.


Chemicals or other toxins
in your environment.

Your weight, obesity
can increase the risk of getting this illness.

can also increase the likelihood, women are more prone than men.


What Is The Cause Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

There is not a real clear answer to this question. In the field of medicine there are plenty of maybes.

It might be due to bacteria or a virus, perhaps it is due to poor oral health care, it might be due to leaky gut syndrome.

If you ask a naturopath they might say that it is due to food allergies.

The honest answer is that no one really knows.

Can You Reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis

The answer to this question is no. Rheumatoid Arthritis cannot be reversed, the damage that is done is there. You can however prevent more damage from being caused by treatments.

This disease is a slow progressing disease and it might take years before you even notice any damage that has been done. The best thing to do is to try to prevent, to the best of your abilities, new damage from being done.

You can do this by making sure that the inflammation remains dormant or is under check.

The inflammation is what will cause damage to form on your joints and that will be irreversible.

Life Expectancy For Someone With Has Rheumatoid Arthritis

This will also depend on how your condition has progressed and how much it affects you, as well as treatment etc.

They say that life expectancy might be shortened by 10 – 15 years do to the illness but this is also hard to determine.

People do suffer complications from their illness which might have them go through surgeries and not being able to live a “normal” life. This will of course not just affect your body and how well it handles life but also how you, as a person, might handle life. Going through pain will take a toll on you, especially after years of it.

There is no clear answer to how much time might be taken from your life and at the end of the day who knows, perhaps we are already living on borrowed time.

I think the main goal should be to try to decrease inflammation to reduce pain and other symptoms in a way that suits you. Enjoy life to the fullest because with illness or not, you have no idea how long you can expect to live. Be happy and love to the best of your abilities. There is no time to waste time.

My way has been a change of diet and regular exercise if you want to read more on how to improve your illness by diet please read Foods to avoid with Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are alternative remedies for rheumatoid arthritis that are worth trying.


Rheumatoid Arthritis is a complicated illness, it is hard to know how to stop something that they have no idea how it started in the first place. Researchers are looking into any possible reason behind what causes R.A. and they are updating information regularly. To this day, however, there is no clear answer to what causes it, what prevents it or what cures it.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments then please drop them down below and I will get back to you.

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis is a dangerous disorder because it can affect the linings of your joints and may result to painful swelling, joint erosion and bone deformity. It’s hard to determine at first if you have this condition because the symptoms are so generic like fever, joint stiffness, fatigue and even loss of appetite. It’s more likely that you’ll end up with some complications such as osteoporosis, infections, lung problem and heart disease. 

    It is always better to prevent than cure. Thank you for sharing this. We can probably assess ourselves if we are nearing to this health issue. Going to the doctor is the best way to find out.

    1. Hi, you are absolutely correct and I could not agree more, it is better to prevent since there is no cure. Thank you for reading. 

  2. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. I learned some things reading through your article.

    I study herbal medicine and I agree with you that diet and prevention is definitely key to both counteracting the effects and preventing further damage due to rheumatoid arthritis. 

    In the case of autoimmune diseases such as this, the natural approach to healing is always to let the immune system do the job it’s trying to do however, at the same time trying to relax it some so it isn’t acting so aggressively. This is done by advising a change in diet while also adding specialized whole plants to the diet that will be helpful.

    I see you have written about foods to avoid with rheumatoid arthritis. Which foods do you suggest should be included in the diet for someone who is prone to or already is suffering from RA? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Shannon,

      A very interesting subject.

      I agree with you.

      I have written a few articles on this subject as well. Fermented vegetables is to be recommended as well as superfoods like spirulina and chlorella.

      I hope this will help.
      Thank you for reading.

  3. Rheumatoid arthritis is a fairly new topic for me. I am in my 60s but remember my mother used to have problems with Rheumatoid arthritis. You must have been reading my thoughts because I was wondering if I could fall victim to it one day. Yet, you stated, “One of the risk factors is, believe it or not, if someone in your family has it, then you might be more prone to get it.Smoking.Chemicals or other toxins in your environment. Your weight, obesity can increase the risk of getting this illness. Gender can also increase the likelihood, women are more prone than men. Age.”  These are eye-opening facts and as a man, who doesn’t smoke, and stays in good shape I felt a lot better knowing my chances of Rheumatoid arthritis is likely going to be likely less of a problem as I continue to age. I’m a high school teacher and I am always grateful when I can learn something new. 

    When you explained external causes I became a bit more leary and thought about life adjustments I may need to make, especially since you can’t reverse it and it can shorten your life expectancy. finally, you offer some great suggestions on food choices and let us know that since we don’t really know what causes it nor do we know what cures it if anything’

    Thanks for introducing this to me.

    God bless you!

    1. Hi Ronald,

      Yes, the likelihood will be less which is great and hopefully you will never get it. I wish you all the best with your health.

      Thank you for reading.

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for writing about Rheumatoid Arthritis. By reading your article, I come to learn about the disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am very afraid to know about the horrors of this disease. I was more disappointed that knowing that the treatment of this disease is not yet discovered. So we need to avoid the possible causes of this disease and increase social awareness.

    1. Hi Irin,

      I am glad to be able to raise a bit of awareness about rheumatoid arthritis. 

      Thank you for reading. 

  5. Thanks for this review. I knew a person with this particular disease. Despite many injections, drugs and herbs, she still can’t get over the disease. I think those drugs and injections are just pain killer. They can’t cure it completely. Am afraid, if she keep on taking the drug,there might be adverse side effect. I want to agree with you that it might be as a result of heredity because her mom is also having this illness. It might be due to genetic trait, who knows. Researcher should put in their best to determine the real cause of Rheumatoid arthritis and its cure. Thanks for this interesting review about critical issue like this.

    1. Hi Stella,

      The same thing was happening to me, the drugs did not really do much in the department of making the illness “dorment”, it still kept coming back frequently but with the help of food and super foods etc I have had better results than I had with treatment.

  6. Thank you for your article regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a very informative one. Good thing for me is that I and my parents never had Rheumatoid Arthritis. But its really good to know the risk factors and the causes. I do smoke and sometimes I get overweight. So I have to be careful about these its better to prevention is better than cure. And I want to live a healthy life. 

    1. Hi Fahim,

      Thank you for reading. 
      Yes, please try to quit that habit and do some regular exercise, this is not a fun illness to have.

  7. Hello,

    Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common problem now a days .It is believed that if your family has a history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, then it is possible that u will also attack by it.So in that case,u must have a mentality to accept it.Smoking can also harmful for it. Chemical toxins, obesity, gender and age play vital roles in this disease. The most disappointed thing is that it can not be recovered. Nightshade Vegetables must be avoided .It is tough but not impossible. Taking regular exercise will reduce the inflammation of joints. Not only that, living a better and discipline life may reduce the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis in our life.

    1. Hi 

      Thank you for reading the article about rheumatoid arthritis.

      You are correct in what you are saying.

  8. Hi,

    Great article.  As a fifty plus person I experience joint problems from time to time.  This is frustrating and depressing, causing sleepless nights.  Most worrying is that the incidents continue to escalate.  Arthritis Foundation warns about an increase of up to 50% by 2040.

    However there are natural ways to prevent, and possibly reduce inflammation on your joints, and avoid drugs and risky surgeries.  Most doctors recommend intake of foods like celery and cherries, and avoid  animal products (your red meat), and saturated fats which occur in cooking oil and fried foods.   The answer is in your diet, as you mentioned.   I will be a frequent visitor.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Sandikazi,

      Thank you for reading. Both cherries and celery are great ways to help your body heal from the inside and out. 

  9. Hi Alexander,

    This morning my sister called and we started to talk about the pain she suffers due to her rheumatoid arthritis. Reading through your site is quite timely and I can send her your page.

    It is also good to know the differences between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her pain does lead to depression, she finds it hard to do the things she used to.

    I hear the cortisone injections can be painful even though they are a treatment. The idea of proper diet, and foods to avoid will be welcoming news to her. I too will be adjusting my diet accordingly as I see it can take several years before it actually shows up, and yes prevention is definitely better than cure.

    Arthritis seems to affect a lot of people, all four of my sisters suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, and I have a friend who is very active in sports and takes the cortisone injections. Your page will be forwarded.

    I thank you for covering this topic as I know it will help several people.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you for reading, I hope your sister will find some relief with a different diet. It should not take years, it actually goes relatively quickly to notice a difference. 

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