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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