Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Studies have shown that Latinos, African-Americans and women are disproportionately affected by arthritis and have more severe pain and limitation
According to the CDC, Hispanics and African Americans are nearly twice as likely as whites to have severe joint pain and work limitations. Among Latinos with arthritis, at least one in five reported a significant arthritis attributable effect, including severe joint pain and activity or work limitations. Moreover, obesity and other chronic health conditions exacerbate the debilitating impact of arthritis, leading to inactivity, loss of independence, and perpetuating a cycle of chronic conditions. According to the CDC, obesity prevalence is 54% higher among adults with arthritis compared with adults without arthritis.