Arthritis is an invisible disease that affects more than 54 million Americans. The pain of arthritis can often keep people from doing the things they truly love, such as hiking or dancing, but it can also rob them of life’s simple pleasures and most basic joys, like picking up your child.
Everyone needs to know that arthritis is THE #1 disability in the United States and countless Americans are waiting for a cure. This Arthritis Awareness Month, we launched the #LetsGripArthritis campaign to put a spotlight on the brutal realities of arthritis so we can get a grip on this debilitating disease once and for all.
To show people how challenging it can be to live with arthritis, we asked our arthritis community to share their stories. This is what you shared with us.
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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and we’re asking you to join us in our fight against the world’s most prevalent disease.
Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, affecting one in every four adults, nearly 300,000 children and countless families and loved ones. The physical pain it causes can make everyday tasks difficult if not impossible. Perhaps worst of all, arthritis steals quality of life, preventing people from doing the things they love, like favorite hobbies or activities and even simple pleasures like picking up their child.
That’s why we’ve launched our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaign. CVS Health®, the campaign’s Presenting Partner, is working with us to help Americans get a grip on arthritis. Shop at CVS Pharmacy® before May 31 and they’ll donate $1 back to the Arthritis Foundation with the purchase of select products, up to a maximum of $300,000.
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So More People Can Do What They Love
If you have arthritis, you know full well what it’s like. The physical pain that makes everyday tasks difficult if not impossible. The emotional distress and feelings of isolation. The money it drains from your family budget.
But many of those who don’t have arthritis don’t have a clue. They don’t know that:
- Arthritis is the world’s most prevalent disease. In the United States alone, 54 million adults – one in four – have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. And as many as 91 million Americans may truly be affected, according to a recent study.
- Arthritis isn’t just an “elderly disease.” Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
- While it may not be as life-threatening as cancer or heart disease, arthritis accounts for 100 million doctor visits and nearly 7 million hospitalizations each year. It can damage vital organs and make other conditions worse.
- Arthritis is to blame for the loss of 172 million workdays each year and costs the U.S. economy more than $300 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
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More than 50 million Americans have arthritis – that’s one in four people. It’s currently the nation’s number one cause of disability.
But this month—with your help— we’re fighting back with the #FightFor50 campaign! To participate, we are asking that you share your story — tell us about your personal fight with arthritis, or tell us about a person you are fighting for, whether it’s parent, grandparent, sibling, partner or a friend.
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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and this month, we’re asking you to join us in our fight for the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis.
Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country. This means that 1 in every 4 adults, more than 300,000 children and countless families and loved ones are affected by arthritis. So how can you help?
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As many of you know, May is Arthritis Awareness Month and we’ve been celebrating the incredible warriors in our community through the #SeeArthritis initiative. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support our community has received so far. Ten thousand people have turned their profile pictures green to help raise awareness around arthritis, and now, we want YOU to share your arthritis story with us! Tell us what drives you to succeed every day with arthritis, how you exude the “Champion of Yes” mentality, and what you plan to pursue in the future.
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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and we’re on a mission to spread awareness about the seriousness of arthritis! Arthritis is a complex, widespread, and currently incurable disease. It’s also the number one cause of disability in America. Whether you’re personally affected by the disease or know someone who is, arthritis affects almost all of us.
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Did you see us on the “Today” show this morning on NBC? Check out the video below to see the Arthritis Foundation featured in celebration of National Arthritis Awareness Month! The segment aired today during Kathie Lee and Hoda’s show and featured different faces of arthritis, including Arthritis Foundation volunteers, walk honorees and singer Melba Moore, who was on the cover of the April issue of Arthritis Today.
May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand
The Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer arthritis and its effects through our advocacy efforts at the state level and on Capitol Hill, our cutting-edge scientific research, and our tools and resources that help you live your best life.
The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side. Below, you’ll find some telling statistics about the current impact of arthritis on the U.S. population, resources to help you learn more about arthritis, and additional information on how you can help and get involved.
Arthritis by the Numbers:
- Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.
- Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
- Arthritis is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability.
- Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
- 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.
- People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis –two major kinds of arthritis – miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
- Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
- There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
- 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
- 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
- 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
- 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
- 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.
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