Number of Adults with Arthritis Continues to Increase, CDC Reports

Number of Adults with Arthritis Continues to Increase, CDC Reports
According to the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vital Signs monthly report Arthritis in America, more than 54 million U.S. adults — one in four — are living with arthritis, and about half of them, 24 million, are limited in performing daily activities. The report also states that the number of people limited by arthritic disease continues to grow, with arthritic disorders now among the leading causes of physical disability in the U.S. While the term "arthritis" literally means joint inflammation, in the public health field it has acquired a broader meaning, and is used as a collective term for more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, surrounding tissues, and other connective tissues, including conditions like fibromyalgia and lupus. On March 7, CDC Vital Signs webcast a telebriefing and Q&A session discussing the Arthritis in America report, featuring CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, MD, along with CDC arthritis program epidemiologists Dr. Kamil Barbour and Dr. Chad Helmick. "Everyone knows someone with arthritis — family members, friends, and neighbors," Schuchat said. "The news is this: Arth
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6 comments

  1. Em says:

    The depression w/ the pain at times seems insurmountable. Depression is treatment resistant and meds and I do not get along. Relying on essential oils and healthy diet.
    For me the depression and trying to hold onto hope is my greatest hurdle.

  2. open4thot says:

    As the large “boomer” population continues to age, won’t the number of people with arthritis tend to increase as well?

  3. All you say is true, walking swimming etc all help in making joints work more easily, I have fibro, and I find my linedancing a great help just keep going, my husband has rheumatoid arthritis and walking certainly helps him.

  4. Heather says:

    I do also pace my activity, use Epsom salts, hot showers, an acupuncture mat, aspercreme, relaxation and green tea as a natural muscle relaxant. I am probably forgetting something things but I work veryhardjust to try to be well so I have to speAK up when I see statements that would lead to treatment setbacks. I fight with all I have, so don’tlimit my options!

  5. Jai Sungaran says:

    There is not any special fact that cause arthritis because it has a lot of reasons. However, doctors have found the cures of up to 150 types of this disease then the number of adults with arthritis should not be increased.

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