Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes swelling and pain in the joints and ends of bones. So, it's hard for people with arthritis to move their bones.

Most of the time, people think that this painful and uncomfortable condition affects older people. A new study, though, shows that young

people are also falling into this risk. Yes, you did hear correctly. In 2017, PubMed Central did a study that found that between 0.41 and 0.54 percent of young people had RA.

In fact, a study done by the Journal of the Chinese Medical Association in 2018 showed that rheumatoid arthritis is a risk factor for several other diseases on

its own. 52,840 people took part in the study, and 10,568 of them had the disease According to the study, young adults with RA may have a higher risk of cerebrovascular disorders (CVD),

which include stroke and coronary artery disease. Aside from that, researchers also found that these people were 2.35 times more likely to get all of these diseases.

Now, let's learn more about the disease before we talk about its symptoms. What's Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

RA is an auto-immune disease that mostly affects the bones and joints, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This can lead to

swelling and inflammation because the body's immune system is attacking healthy cells. 
The CDC also says that RA can affect the eyes, lungs, and heart,

things harder for patients. Why do young people get RA? Even though the exact cause of RA is still unknown, there are a few things that can make you more likely to get it.

In an article in Health Shots, knee and shoulder and joint replacement surgeon Dr. Nikhil Iyer of Zen Multi Speciality Hospital said that the causes of RA are different today.

"There are a lot of things that led to it," he said.

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