According to Mayo Clinic, young women below the age of 50-years who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at a greater risk of developing fractures than women without the condition. Similarly men with RA are also at a risk of fractures, but unlike women the risk was higher as they grew older.
Researchers studied two groups of adults from the same community. One group had RA while the other group of adults was without the condition. Based on gender and age, each person was paired with someone from the other group. Researchers compared the medical records of both the adults. It was noted that new fractures were more likely to develop in men and women with RA than in their counterparts. This finding was irrespective of their age when they were diagnosed with RA. While young women with RA were more likely to develop fractures, this risk was higher in men as they grew older.
Researchers believe that understanding the risk factors for fractures among people with RA would help us better prevent them.