Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Risk factors for polymyalgia rheumatica include:
- Age. Polymyalgia rheumatica affects older adults almost exclusively. The average age at onset of the disease is 70.
- Sex. Women are about two times more likely to develop the disorder.
- Ethnicity. People of Northern European origin are more likely to have polymyalgia rheumatica than are people of other ethnicities. People living in Middle Eastern and Asian countries have the lowest rates of the disease.
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