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The Gender Gap: How RA Differs in Women

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What Does It Mean for You?

What's the most important thing you can do as a woman with RA? Don't suffer in pain or wait to see a doctor. Early, aggressive treatment can halt or slow the disease and prevent joint damage and health complications, like osteoporosis and heart disease. The idea is to knock RA into remission before it gets worse and changes the quality of your life.

Three simple ways to manage RA are to stay at a healthy weight, get plenty of sleep, and exercise on a regular basis. A balanced diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can help you manage RA symptoms.

If you tend to take care of others before yourself, let yourself be selfish. Rest your joints when they’re inflamed. And don't be afraid to lean on family or friends for help when you're fatigued and to keep your spirits up.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on November 21, 2014
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