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Risk Factors

Certain factors have been shown to be associated with a greater risk of arthritis. Risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Age: The risk of developing most types of arthritis increases with age.

  • Gender: Most types of arthritis are more common in women; 60 percent of all people with arthritis are women. Gout is more common in men.

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    Overweight and obesity: Carrying excess weight puts stress on joints, particularly your knees, hips and spine.

  • Joint injuries: People who have injured a joint, perhaps while playing a sport, are more likely to eventually develop arthritis in that joint.

  • Infection: Many microbial agents can infect joints and potentially cause the development of certain forms of arthritis.

  • Occupation: Certain occupations involving repetitive knee bending and squatting are associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Visit the CDC external link website for arthritis resources.


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