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.
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.
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Source: Fight arthritis pain.org