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Nearly 10% of All U.S. Adults Have Activity Limitations Attributed to Arthritis

By November 9, 2013

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stairs_with_caneAccording to the November 8, 2013 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 52.5 million adults in the U.S. have some type of arthritis (i.e., self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis) and nearly half of them (22.7 million or about 10% of all U.S. adults) have arthritis-attributable activity limitations. The data was drawn from an analysis of the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey. The number of people with arthritis was in line with predictions, but the number of arthritis patients with physical limitations exceeded expectations.

The report also revealed that the prevalence of arthritis was 49% among people with heart disease, 47.3% among those with diabetes, and 31.2% among obese people. Arthritis prevalence was significantly higher among: women than men; white and black people compared to Hispanics and Asians; those with less education; those who were overweight or obese; and those not meeting physical activity recommendations. One-third of obese adults had arthritis. Focusing on appropriate physical activity, as well as losing weight if you are overweight or obese, are important targets to help reduce arthritis-attributable activity limitations.

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