There is no known way to prevent rheumatoid arthritis because the exact cause of the disease is not known.

  1. It is important for people who fear they may be at risk of rheumatoid arthritis to realize that at this time there are no medications to take or lifestyle modifications to make that can prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Only after the disease is diagnosed can you take measures to control the disease. Until it is known for sure if certain bacteria or viruses trigger the disease, contact with people with the disease will not change your risk of developing it.