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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has Arthritis

Arthritis is becoming a disease of the masses, striking 21% of U.S. adults, or over 53 million people, a new report shows.

"It's important first to point out that arthritis is a general term that includes over a hundred different chronic diseases that affect the joints and the tissues around those joints,"said researcher

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 17, 2023
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  • 1 Billion People Worldwide Will Suffer From Arthritis by 2050

    The degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis affects 15% of the global population over age 30, so by 2050 that could be nearly 1 billion people, researchers say.

    Living longer and obesity are both major contributors.

    "With the key drivers of people living longer and a growing world population, we need to anticipate stress on health systems in most countries,"said study author

    Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for Arthritis

    Olympic athletes aren't like the rest of the population -- but this time it's in a far less positive way.

    Two new studies show that athletes who performed at the top of their sport have a higher risk of developing arthritis and joint pain in later life. The linked studies found that 1 in 4 former Olympians dealt with these issues.

    Those who'd been injured during their sporting caree...

    Arthritis Is a Scourge Worldwide

    Osteoarthritis has become increasingly common in recent decades, and authors of a new study say preventive steps are needed to bring numbers under control.

    "The disease burden ... is formidable," said co-senior author Dr. Jianhao Lin, of Peking University People's Hospital in China. "Due to population expansion, agi...