About 1.3 million American adults have rheumatoid arthritis and most of them are women, so it is time for women to know how to manage home and work when they have this problem. RA is an autoimmune disease that if left untreated, can affect all aspects of a woman’s life. It affects women in their prime, age 30s and 40s, usually working women with children.
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If you have a chronic illness such as RA, you should start with effective therapy, regular sleep, and maintain a healthy weight to avoid being a risk factor for other related diseases like osteoporosis, and to lean on your family for support when things get tough. Regular exercise can also help especially if you are on steroids to treat your RA since exercise can help prevent steroid-induced bone loss. The major causes of death for RA are cardiovascular diseases and smoking, so you need to control your weight, eat a balance diet, avoid smoking and make sure that your cholesterol and blood pressure are within normal levels. Read more… »