Arthritis More Common than Thought
Health officials were surprised by results of a recent survey that showed that one in three adults in the U.S. has arthritis. That’s a total of 70 million people, much higher than earlier estimates, which were 43 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention telephoned more than 212,000 people age 18 and older and asked if their doctors had ever told them they had arthritis or whether they had experienced lasting joint pain in the past 12 months. Asking about the joint pain was what caused the number to jump from 43 to 70 million. People often experience problem with their joints, but they think it’s a normal part of aging and frequently don’t mention it to their doctors.
People need to know that as soon as they experience joint pain, it’s time to start treatment. Low impact exercise, weight loss, a healthy diet and sometimes medication can help slow the progression of the disease and help improve quality of life as people age.
The main message is that if you have joint pain, tell your doctor about it so you can create a plan for long-term control.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention