Rheumatoid Arthritis—Frequently asked questions
2. Genetic markers- These tests are not done on regular basis in pathology labs as of now. DRb0401/ 0404 alleles & PTPN22 are very good predictors of future RA. Any of these with a positive anti-CCP indicates a very high risk for future RA.
b. Avoid excessive coffee consumption as it has been found to increase the risk of developing RA in a few studies.
c. Maintain good oral hygiene. Dental caries & poor oral hygiene leads to growth of bacteria that can predispose to development of anti-CCP antibodies.
d. Adequate vitamin D intake- vitamin D has been found to protect from RA.
e. Pregnancy & oral contraceptive use has been shown to protect from RA.
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