Written by Mary Baucom, Medically Reviewed by Brenda B. Spriggs, MD, FACP
1. Having RA is just a sign that you’re aging.
If this was true, then nearly every baby boomer in the United States would have RA. That would be more than 76 million people! While 1.5 millionpeople is nothing to shy away from, it’s far less than every older adult.
Anyone can get RA, including children, teens, and young adults. However, women are two to three times likely to be diagnosed than men. There’s no one cause or trigger of RA, but researchers think it has something to do with an abnormal response of the immune system.
I had it as a child but it got me bad at 31. It’s a very hard life-altering disease.– Dominy Michelle, living with RA