There are factors that can put you at higher risk of suffering from arthritis. These include:

  • Getting older. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout are more common in older people.
  • Being overweight or obese.
  • Having previous injuries or infections that affected the joint.
  • Playing sports or doing repetitive work that puts extra stress on certain joints.
  • Genetics. In rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have found genes involved in the immune system that are linked to a higher risk of getting the disease.
  • Gender. Women are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis, but men suffer from gout more often than women.
  • Medications. Certain medications raise the risk of gout flares.

Last Updated August 2020