Q: How can you prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

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There’s no guaranteed way to prevent rheumatoid arthritis; but you may be able to lower your risk or slow the onset of the disease. Some risk factors you cannot control, such as being female or having a family history of arthritis. You can reduce your risk of rheumatoid arthritis with lifestyle changes, diet and not smoking.

Tips for rheumatoid arthritis prevention:

  • Quit smoking

  • Drink alcohol in moderation

  • Make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet

  • Maintain a healthy weight

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