Arthritis affects more than 50 million adults in the U.S. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and one of the most common health conditions among adults.
According to a newly released Centers for Disease Control study, more than 3.1 million Hispanic adults in the U.S. have arthritis. Also, more than 1.4 million Hispanics have limitations on activities because of arthritis. Among Hispanics, arthritis was most common among women, obese people and people older than 65. Here is a representation of arthritis among Hispanic sub-groups:
• Puerto Ricans – 22 percent
• Other or Multiple Hispanics – 19 percent
• Mexican Americans – 18 percent
• Dominican – 16 percent
• Mexican – 14 percent
• Central/South American – 13 percent
• Cuban/Cuban-Americans - 12 percent
"Hispanics will account for nearly a third of our population by 2050. That is why it's important to understand how arthritis--the most common cause of disability--affects their lives and their work," said Dr. Wayne H. Giles, director of the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC study was based on data from the National Health Interview Survey. The survey was designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Other results of the study include:
• One in five Hispanics with arthritis experienced adverse effects with arthritis
• Mexicans report the highest work limitations
• Puerto Ricans report the most joint pain and highest activity limitations
• 20 percent of Hispanics reported severe pain, physical limitations and work limitations
• Pain and activity limitations are more common among all Hispanics with arthritis than among whites
Exercise can help ease arthritis pain and activity limitations.
The CDC, the Arthritis Foundation and National Alliance of Hispanic Health (NAHH) offer Spanish language courses skills for managing arthritis. The courses include information on learning strategies to control, beat the pain and disability of arthritis. These health programs are free.