Alarming Statistics Indicate Half of the Adults over 65 Suffer from Arthritic Conditions


Portland, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/02/2015 -- Arthritis affects anyone regardless of age. It can affect young adults who are overweight or healthy individuals that engage in highly physical activities. Now, statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that almost half of the adult population over 65 years have been diagnosed with arthritis.

According the statistics, 49.7% of individuals over 65 are suffering from arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. These individuals can suffer from extreme joint pain and some are even unable to do simple things such as standing or walking.

There are several factors that contribute to the onset of arthritis, with individuals over 65 years being highly susceptible. One is that the glucosamine levels in their body decrease as a natural consequence of the aging process. Another factor is that they have spent so many years walking and doing physical activities that their joints have been damaged due to the normal wear and tear.

While there are other factors that trigger the development of arthritis, such as family history and obesity, aging is considered as the most common cause of the condition. Many of these patients experience difficulties climbing stairs, walking in the park or just exercising.

In a recent study, it was found that 16.5 to 25 percent of individuals, both men and women, over the age of 70 who have reported knee pain. Experts suggest that older adults with knee osteoarthritis engaging in moderate physical activity at least 3 times per week can reduce the risk of arthritis-related disability by 47%.

Health professionals suggest that those who suffer from initial attacks of joint pain can find relief by using ice or heat. They can also try to engage in exercise programs that are suitable for their age and condition. However, they should also remember that when the pain still persists after 10 days, it can mean that swelling is already taking place.

Some experts also suggest other natural remedies for joint pain, including the use of glucosamine supplements. These natural alternatives are widely known for their capacity to potentially help sufferers manage their joint pain. The most efficient type of glucosamine supplements are those that contain other natural ingredients such as chondroitin, MSM and turmeric (

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