Arthritis Impacts African-Americans and Hispanics More than Whites
ATLANTA, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arthritis causes
more pain and limitations for African-Americans and Hispanics than
for whites, according to a study released today by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
African-Americans were 17 percent less likely to report having
arthritis than whites, and Hispanics were 46 percent less likely to
report the condition than whites, the study said. However,
African-Americans and Hispanics with arthritis were almost twice as
likely to report severe joint pain and work limitations attributed
to their arthritis when compared to whites, it said.
The study, "Difference in the Prevalence and Impact of Arthritis
among Racial/Ethnic Groups," was published in the journal
Preventing Chronic Disease.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United
States, affecting 1 in 5 adults. It interferes with work and other
daily activities and can complicate the management of other chronic
diseases. Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and
conditions that affect joints and other connective tissue.
The reason for the racial and ethnic differences, while unknown,
may result from a lack of access to health care, language barriers
and cultural differences, the report says.
"We must address these stark differences in arthritis impact by
using what we know,'' said Jennifer Hootman, an epidemiologist for
the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion and co-author of the report. "We can educate those with
arthritis about increasing physical activity and self-management
and reducing obesity, especially those in groups bearing a
disproportionate burden from arthritis."
The data, collected from the CDC National Health Interview
Survey, are the first to estimate the national prevalence of
arthritis and assess its impact among smaller racial and ethnic
groups that are usually grouped together when reporting health
For more information about arthritis prevalence and impact,
visit CDC's Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CONTACT: Rhonda Smith, Division of Media Relations,
Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/
Posted: April 2010