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46 Million Americans Suffer From Arthritis
Date:1/4/2008

e and keeping your weight under control to help prevent or treat arthritis.

"We know that cases of osteoarthritis are likely to grow, because it's age-related," said Dr. Patience White, chief public health officer at the Arthritis Foundation. "In addition, weight plays a big role in risk, as well as lack of physical activity, in keeping your muscles strong," she said.

Losing weight and keeping physically active can help to reduce pain and keep the disease at bay, White said. "If you lose as little as 10 pounds, you can decrease pain in the knees and hips by 50 percent," she said. "With exercise, you can decrease progression."

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For more information on arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation.



SOURCES: Charles G. Helmick, M.D., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Patience White, M.D., Chief Public Health Officer, Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta; January 2008, Arthritis & Rheumatism


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