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2. Does Gender Matter?

Arthritis' relation to gender is still unclear. Statistics show women are more likely than men to develop certain kinds of arthritis; more than two-thirds of people with rheumatoid arthritis are female. Many experts suspect hormonal changes play a role in this difference. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms usually decrease when a woman becomes pregnant, but often reappear soon after the baby is born. Osteoarthritis is also more common in women than men in older age.

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