CDC: Arthritis Rates Are Rising in the U.S.
According to a new CDC Vital Signs Report, an alarming number of people in the United States are now struggling with arthritis pain and joint stiffness. Approximately 54.4 million Americans—about 1 in 4—have been diagnosed with arthritis, and that number is expected to continue to climb to an estimated 78.4 million by 2040.
The CDC reports that most people with arthritis are under the age of 65. Painful arthritis is more common in women, people with diabetes, heart patients, and those who are overweight/obese. About 23.7 million people have to limit their activities because of their arthritis pain, according to researchers.
Most people with arthritis manage symptoms with medication, but studies show regular physical activity can help manage arthritis pain and improve mobility by about 40 percent. Before beginning an exercise program, people—especially those with a chronic condition like arthritis—should talk to their health care provider. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and exercise recommendations vary.
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