Rheumatoid arthritis in 2017: Protective dietary and hormonal factors brought to light

Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2018 Feb;14(2):71-72. doi: 10.1038/nrrheum.2017.216. Epub 2018 Jan 11.


Tremendous progress has been made in the identification of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk factors in 2017. The results of epidemiologic studies highlighted dietary factors and hormones that are associated with slowing the transition from one preclinical phase of RA to another, potentially protecting individuals from developing RA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / epidemiology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / etiology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / prevention & control*
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / therapeutic use*
  • Diet / standards
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment


  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3