Are you experiencing shooting pain in your knee also some kind of burning sensation in hand? In that case, you are probably suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

This form of arthritis is a chronic inflammation around your joints where the immune system attacks the normal tissues in place of germs and viruses that causes inflammation. Area around your hands and feet are the most affected areas. It manifests over a period of time.

For some, this illness has no symptoms for years while for others, it starts overnight. It is more common in women than in men and also there is no age limit. However, usually it starts in early forties.

No one knows exactly what causes this inflammation. However, recent study has concluded that it’s the lifestyle factors mentioned below that may enhance your risk of developing such arthritis:

  • Smoking
  • Too much consumption of red meat
  • Drinking coffee.

This illness is less found in people:

  • Whose vitamin C intake is high
  • Who drinks liquor

Few other Causes:

The inherited genes from your parents may upsurge your probabilities of developing this kind of arthritis. Only genetic factors are not responsible. Suppose you have an identical twin, with whom you share the same genetic material and he has this form of arthritis, then you just have 20% chance of developing it.

Research Findings:

Researchers have tried to investigate several factors that leads to this disease. These factors comprise of infectious agents like bacteria or viruses, female hormones with 70 percent RA content, obesity, and the physical or emotional disturbance.

Research have also concluded that environmental factors may also plays a role in getting such arthritis. The risk increases for those who are exposed to cigarette smoke, insecticides, air pollution, and occupational exposure to mineral oil and silica.