Ask a doctor why you suffer from arthritis, and you’ll probably hear a far-reaching answer with vague phrases like “multiple causes”, “inflammation” and “genetics”.

There is some truth to the fact that many things contribute to arthritis. But most of them fly under the radar screen of most doctors (and many of their patients).

That is why I shed light on 6 of the most common (yet unknown) causes of arthritis:

1Smoking

It is no secret that smoking tears the lungs to pieces. According to a study published in the magazine Arthritis & Rheumatism, smokers have twice the risk of developing arthritis as those who say “no to butt”.

How does a pack cause a daily habit that your joints hurt? Scientists have found that smoking dramatically increases your body’s inflammation levels – the underlying cause of all arthritis.

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