The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released new data indicating that 52.5 million people were diagnosed with arthritis from 2010 to 2012. This is an increase of 2 million people from the previous report. Researchers also say the debilitating condition affects the daily activities of 22.7 million people (known as arthritis-attributable activity limitations) which well exceeds earlier projections. Experts estimate that nearly 67 million Americans will live with arthritis by the year 2030.
What is arthritis-attributable activity limitations (AAAL)?
AAAL affects adults who have arthritis, as well as patients with one of three co-existing chronic medical conditions: diabetes, heart disease, or obesity. People with these conditions also have higher than average rates of arthritis. The study found that about half of all adults with heart disease or diabetes had arthritis and more than a quarter of those adults with either condition and arthritis had AAAL.
What can you do?
Exercising can help manage arthritis! In addition to improving your overall health, exercise can help reduce the pain associated with arthritis. Physicians at Texas Orthopedics can help you develop an appropriate exercise regimen. Visit our website for more information. You can also find more details on the arthritis foundation website.