• May is Arthritis Awareness Month

    Posted on May 10, 2010 by in Featured

    May is Arthritis awareness month.  Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and currently affects nearly 27 million people in the U.S.  However, there are simple steps everyone can take to prevent and decrease the pain and disability of osteoarthritis.

    About osteoarthritis

    Expanding waistlines, inactivity and an aging population are contributing toward an arthritis epidemic that will impact the lives and wallets of all Americans. Already the nation’s most common cause of disability, the impact of the disease is yet to be realized. Nearly one in five U.S. adults (46 million people) has arthritis and an estimated 67 million people will be affected by 2030.

    Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, currently affects nearly 27 million people in the U.S.  Moreover, because of the link between osteoarthritis and inactivity, more than half of adults with diabetes or heart disease also have arthritis, and these numbers are expected to increase as rates of osteoarthritis skyrocket.

    DID YOU KNOW:

    • Arthritis is not only a disease that affects the elderly. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can begin as early as age 40 and progress slowly.
    • Being overweight and physically inactive can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis by two-thirds in your lifetime.
    • Even small amounts of weight loss and physical activity can decrease the pain and disability of osteoarthritis.
    • For every one pound of weight loss, there is a four-pound reduction in the load exerted on each knee.
    • Physical activity keeps joints flexible and maintains or improves muscle strength.
    • Osteoarthritis typically affects only certain joints, such as the hips, hands, knees, low back and neck.

    To learn more about arthritis and how you can get involved in local programs in your area, click here

    Source:  Fight arthritis pain.org

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