imaware > imaware™ Rheumatoid Arthritis test - building awareness to RA
Rheumatoid arthritis (or commonly known as RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack your own body’s tissues. Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis suffer chronic inflammatory that affects joints, and some also suffer damage to their skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
Women over 55 years of age make up the largest group of RA patients, but symptoms start to develop as early as the age of 30. Men also suffer from RA, but to a lesser degree.
Currently there is no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but for most people, if caught earlier, quality of life improvements can be recommended by a specialist.
More than two million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA. About 75% of them are women, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Rheumatoid arthritis has a worldwide distribution with an estimated prevalence of 1 to 2%. Prevalence increases with age, approaching 5% in women over age 55. The average annual incidence in the United States is about 70 per 100,000 annually. Both incidence and prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis are two to three times greater in women than in men. Although rheumatoid arthritis may present at any age, patients most commonly are first affected in the third to sixth decades.
Detecting RA earlier and seeking guidance from a specialist has shown to improve the quality of life in most patients. There is a belief that if caught within 6-12 months of initial onset, most patients can live a prolonged life with normal function for the majority of their life, including ability to maintain walking, grip and lifestyle.
Early, aggressive treatment is particularly important for those who will develop a more serious disease. Figuring out who those patients are is quite a challenge, but guiding principles exist. "I think it's pretty clear right now that if a patient has antibodies to rheumatoid factor (RF) or cyclic citrullinated proteins (anti-CCP) at any time during the course of disease -- from day one to 12 weeks or 12 years – then he has a greater risk for persistent disease that is worse and more destructive," says Stephen Paget, MD, rheumatologist and physician-in-chief of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "Those patients need aggressive therapy that's constantly monitored."
We have developed the most comprehensive home-based Rheumatoid Arthritis test that provides actionable insights and information that can help you take control of your health.
We utilize Whole Blood for our home-based tests which ensures higher precision than any other home-based health testing method.
We test for a total of 3 biomarkers, including Rheumatoid Factor (RF), in order to provide you the most comprehensive home-based Rheumatoid Arthritis test.
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