Arthritis Prevalence, Activity Limitations To Skyrocket

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A new report revealed arthritis prevalence and activity limitations will increase substantially in all but two states and the District of Columbia by 2030.

The announcement comes on the heels of a recent report projecting a nationwide surge in arthritis prevalence, from 46 million U.S. adults to 67 million by 2030. Americans must take action now to limit future disability, warns the Arthritis Foundation.

The CDC report, released during National Arthritis Month, indicates that arthritis and other rheumatic conditions will be a growing problem for U.S. states in the years ahead due primarily to the aging population. By year 2030, the number of people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis will increase an average of 16% in 48 states. More alarming, 14 states are projected to have increases ranging from 30% to 87%, including more than a million new people affected each in Calif., Fla. and Texas. In addition, 25 million adults are expected to have arthritis-attributable activity limitations by 2030.

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability and limits activity for 19 million of the 46 million U.S. adults with the disease. It also exacts a hefty financial toll on the country -- $128 billion annually.

"Sedentary lifestyles, expanding waistlines and aging baby boomers are contributing to the increasing prevalence of arthritis," said Patience White, M.D., chief public health officer, Arthritis Foundation. "But there are simple steps you can take now to decrease pain, improve quality of life and limit disability."

May is National Arthritis Month and there's no better time to take action. The Arthritis Foundation recommends the following tips to reduce the impact of arthritis:

-- Know Your Type.

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