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Research Pinpoints Your Risk of Autoimmune Disease

Photo Coutesy - Getty Images(ROCHESTER, Minn.) – New research has revealed the average risk an American will face of developing an autoimmune disease in their lifetime, reports WebMD.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that one in 12 women and one in 20 men will develop such a disease over the course of their lives.

"We estimated the lifetime risk for rheumatic disease for both sexes, something that had not been done before," researcher Cynthia Crowson said. "Prevalence and incidence rates existed, but prevalence figures underestimate individual risk and incidence rates express only a yearly estimate."

The most common autoimmune disease is rheumatoid arthritis, followed by polymyalgia rheumatic. According to the research, 3.6 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men will develop rheumatoid arthritis while 2.4 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men will develop PMR.

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