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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 2017 Vital Signs announced data estimating that 54.4 million U.S. adults suffer from arthritis - equating to about 25% of the population. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, and causes pain, aching, stiffness and swelling of the joints. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia. By 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) U.S. adults ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. 1
The CDC also reported that arthritis affects an estimated 3.1 million Hispanics in the United States. Published in the February 2011 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study presents key findings among seven Hispanic and Latino subgroups including Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, and Cubans.
The National Arthritis Data Workgroup reviewed data from national and regional surveys to estimate national prevalence rates of various rheumatic diseases based on 2005 U.S. Census data.
The results were published in an article titled, “Estimates of the Prevalence of Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions in the United States” in the January 2008 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Part one of the article was published on pages 15 – 25 and part two was published on pages 26 – 35. If you are unable to download the article, send an email with your fax number to Public Relations.
A summary of the article is as follows:
1 Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring M, Brady TJ. Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation - United States, 2013–2015. MMWR 2017; 66:246–253. DOI.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Protection. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis-attributable effects among Hispanic adults, by Hispanic subgroup - United States, 2007-2009. MMWR. 2011; 60(06); 167-171.
3 Helmick CG, Felson DT, Lawrence RC, et al. Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States- Part I. Arthritis & Rheum. 2008: 58(1):15-25.
4 Lawrence RC, Felson DT, Helmick CG, et al. Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States- Part II. Arthritis & Rheum. 2008: 58(1):26-35.
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