New prevalence statistics have been released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Based on data from the 2003-2005 National Health Interview Survey, an annual household-based survey of adults age 18 years or older, respondents were classified as having doctor-diagnosed arthritis if they answered yes to, "Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?" Other questions yielded the following estimated results regarding the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis:
- Adults in the U.S. - 46.4 million persons (21.6%)
- Women (25.4%); Men (17.6%)
- Persons 65 years or older (50%); 45-64 years old (29.3%); 18-44 years old (7.9%)
- Non-hispanic whites (24.3%); Non-hispanic blacks (19.2%); Hispanics (11.4%)
- Obese (31.6%); Overweight (21.7%); Normal or underweight (16.3%)
- Physically inactive (25%); Physically active (19.5%)
- Adults with arthritis-attributable activity limitations 17.4 million (8.3%)
As the population ages, it has been estimated that by 2030 about 67 million Americans will be affected by arthritis.
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