CDC MMWR Focuses on Arthritis and Attributable Activity Limitations

Today, November 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  This week’s report contains important information for the arthritis community.  A report was released on regular activities that were limited for persons self-reporting as diagnosed with arthritis.  The report, Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation – United States, 2010-2012, looks at national data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey.  According to this survey, over 52.5 million Americans have arthritis, and nearly half (43.2%) of those people are limited in their activities as a result of their arthritis.  Nationally, many adults who have arthritis also have another chronic health condition like heart disease or diabetes, and nearly 1/3 of adults who are obese also have arthritis.  Having multiple health concerns can impact your ability to engage in regular, daily activities.  You can read the national report in full here.  Check back next week as we look more specifically about the problem of activity limitations in Missouri, and how that impacts and connects with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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