Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis prevalence in the US grossly underestimated

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017


Arthritis might be much more common than previously thought, a new analysis  suggests.  

Researchers have long suspected that national arthritis estimates —  based on self-reported diagnoses – may not capture all cases.  To confirm their hunch they analysed federal health data to identify cases of both doctor-diagnosed arthritis and chronic joint symptoms lasting longer than three months.

They found that 56% of men and 69% of women over age 65 have signs of arthritis. Across all age groups this equated to a 68% higher than previously reported arthritis national estimate.

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