According to the Arthritis Foundation, “May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis affects more than 50 million people nationally, making it the number one disability in the country. Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.”
Arthritis Foundation Statistics:
-Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
-Arthritis is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability.
-Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
-1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part-time or full- time.
-People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis –two major kinds of arthritis – miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
-There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
–36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
-1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.
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