Navigation Links
Study Highlights Arthritis' Toll on Quality of Life
Date:4/28/2011

THURSDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- A new study helps confirm what many Americans with arthritis may already know: the illness can greatly diminish quality of life.

Researchers analyzed data from 1 million adults who took part in the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Poor or fair health was reported by 27 percent of respondents with arthritis compared to 12 percent of those without arthritis.

Compared to other adults, those with arthritis had a higher average number of physically unhealthy days per month (seven versus three), mentally unhealthy days (five versus three), total unhealthy days (10 versus five) and activity-limited days (four versus one), according to the report published online April 28 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

The study also found that people with arthritis-related limitations to normal activities had poorer health-related quality of life than those without such limitations.

Values for all five measures of health-related quality of life were two to three times worse in adults with arthritis compared to those who were arthritis-free. The five measures included: demographics (age, sex, ethnicity/race); social factors (employment status, education and income levels); health care factors (access and cost barriers to obtaining care); health behaviors (smoking, alcohol use, physical activity levels); and health conditions (diabetes, weight, high blood pressure).

Low family income, inability to work, being unable to afford care and having diabetes were all strongly associated with poor health-related quality of life, Sylvia Furner, of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues noted.

In addition, adults with arthritis who were physically active were less likely to report fair or poor health, the study authors pointed out.

"Given the projected high prevalence of arthritis in the U.S., interventions should address both physical and mental health," Furner concluded. "Increasing physical activity, reducing [co-existing disorders], and increasing access to health care could improve the quality of life for adults with arthritis," she explained in a journal news release.

About 50 million American adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and that number could climb to 67 million by 2030, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about arthritis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Arthritis Care & Research, news release, April 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
2. American Council on Exercise (ACE) Study Reveals Kettlebells Provide Powerful Workout in Short Amount of Time
3. TV drama can be more persuasive than news program, study finds
4. Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles
5. Neuroimaging study may pave way for effective Alzheimers treatments
6. Study finds racial gaps continue in heart disease awareness
7. Luth Researchs IndicatorEDG(TM) Study Finds Americans Hopes of Achieving Their Dreams Are Fading
8. First blinded study of venous insufficiency prevalence in MS shows promising results
9. Soothing infants with food focus of childhood obesity study
10. People with anxiety disorder less able to regulate response to negative emotions, study shows
11. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... The Professional ... it has enlisted New York City-based sports and entertainment marketing firm Leverage Agency ... sponsorship opportunities for the Professional Squash Association (PSA), which includes first-time ever title ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... Sublime Naturals and its founder, Kathy ... "Wonder Spice", it has been used for thousands of years. , "The West has ... author of " Turmeric: How to Use it For Your Wellness. Overcome Inflammation, Enemy ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ... provides insight into the challenges employers face in trying to balance both short-term ... employee benefits programs? Adding to the growing complexity, companies are finding that ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ... documenting and diagramming network and data center assets and audio-video devices has recently ... request new equipment shapes for free and download shapes and stencils from ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Immunotherapy has emerged as one of ... and is touted to be the next revolution in our fight against this complex ... the form of immune checkpoint inhibitors such as PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors. , While ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... Calif. , March 29, 2017  Designers of ... significantly reduce solution size by 50% and extend battery ... ) power management integrated circuit (PMIC) from Maxim Integrated ... PMIC supports a low input voltage of just 0.7V ... Air and Silver Oxide, as well as the more ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017  NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions, ... 510(k) clearance of the CoRoent® Small Interbody™ System ... levels in the cervical spine. This marks the ... be used at up to four contiguous levels. ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... HEIGHTS, Utah , March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... ) announced today the appointment of Cynthia ... Operations.  Cyndi will be responsible for leading Dynatronics ... organization and will report to Dynatronics, CEO ... Cyndi,s appointment concludes an extensive search process conducted ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: