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