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Arthritis Prevalence, Activity Limitations To
Skyrocket, Act Now To Reduce Future Disability, Arthritis Foundation
16 May 2007
A new report released
today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed
arthritis prevalence and activity limitations will increase
substantially in all but two states and the District of Columbia by
2030. The announcement comes on the heels of a recent report projecting
a nationwide surge in arthritis prevalence, from 46 million U.S. adults
to 67 million by 2030. Americans must take action now to limit future
disability, warns the Arthritis Foundation.
CDC report, released during National Arthritis Month, indicates that
arthritis and other rheumatic conditions will be a growing problem for
U.S. states in the years ahead due primarily to the aging population.
By year 2030, the number of people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis will
increase an average of 16% in 48 states. More alarming, 14 states are
projected to have increases ranging from 30% to 87%, including more
than a million new people affected each in Calif., Fla.and Texas. In
addition, 25 million adults are expected to have arthritis-attributable
activity limitations by 2030.
to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of
disability and limits activity for 19 million of the 46 million U.S.
adults with the disease. It also exacts a hefty financial toll on the
country -- $128 billion annually.
lifestyles, expanding waistlines and aging baby boomers are
contributing to the increasing prevalence of arthritis," said Patience
White, M.D., chief public health officer, Arthritis Foundation. "But
there are simple steps you can take now to decrease pain, improve
quality of life and limit disability."
National Arthritis Month and there's no better time to take action. The
Arthritis Foundation recommends the following tips to reduce the impact
Know Your Type. With more than 100 different forms of arthritis, each
requiring a specific treatment plan, it's important to see your doctor
for an early and accurate diagnosis.
Get Active. Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy
bones, muscles and joints. Walking just as little as 30 minutes - even
10 minutes three times a day - can ease joint pain, improve mobility
and reduce fatigue. The Arthritis Foundation offers joint-safe physical
activity programs proven to decrease pain and increase flexibility and
range of motion.
Control Weight. Maintaining an appropriate weight or reducing weight to
a recommended level reduces the risk of osteoarthritis. Losing just 10
pounds relieves 40 pounds of pressure on knees, and losing as little as
11 pounds may reduce joint pain and help prevent knee osteoarthritis.
For those living with symptoms, losing 15 pounds can cut knee pain in
Prevent Sports Injuries. Young- and middle-age adults should take
preventive measures now to minimize joint injuries, which put them at
considerably increased risk for osteoarthritis later in life.
Modify Job Tasks. Repeated use of joints in jobs that require bending
and lifting is associated with an increased risk of developing
osteoarthritis. Speak with a health care professional about ways to
reduce strain on your joints.
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