There is a common habit that doubles your risk of arthritis. Surprisingly, even doing this habit “moderately” creates the same risk.
This is according to a new study from Karolinska Institute in Sweden, published in the Arthritis Journal and Therapy.
The good news is if you change this one habit, you can drastically improve your arthritis, and you may feel the difference within a matter of days.
A recent study published in the Arthritis Journal and Therapy reveals that smoking significantly increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers clarify that many previous studies showed the direct link between heavy smoking and the increased risk of this autoimmune disorder.
However, this is the first study ever conducted to observe if light smoking has the same effect of inducing the development of arthritis.
This mega-study was conducted by following 30,000 women (aged 54 to 89) throughout a period of seven years. During this long-lasting research study, participants were asked various questions about their diet, lifestyle, and smoking habits, including frequency and history of smoking.
After summarizing the study results, the researchers discovered that as few as just one to seven cigarettes per day more than doubled (2.31 times) the chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis, compared to the study participants who never engaged in this unhealthy habit.