There is no known way to prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
Routine blood testing of family members is not advised. Smoking has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of RA, and persistent smoking in patients suffering from RA may predict a poorer outcome.
Some medical practitioners believe that a lack of vitamin D may predispose one to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Causes of rheumatoid arthritis
Reviewed by Dr Dr I C Louw, Rheumatologist/Physician and Dr A Halland, Rheumatologist/Physician, March 2007