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Arthritis is a condition in the joints characterized by joint pain, stiffness, swelling or redness caused by inflammation, and can affect more than one joint.1 The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 54 million adults in the United States have arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and the disorder is more common in those who have another medical condition than those who have none. It is commonly found in those who have heart disease or diabetes.2 Nearly 50 percent of adults who have heart disease also have arthritis.3 Globally, between 0.3 percent and 1 percent of the world population has arthritis. In developed nations, women are more likely to have arthritis than men. Rheumatoid arthritis, which stems from an autoimmune attack on the joints,4 commonly hits between 20 and 40 years old.5 Osteoarthritis, however, results from a loss of cartilage between joints, and typically has a later onset than that of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately 1.3 million Americans while osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million Americans.6 Show References
1 https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23220 2 https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php 3 Ibid 4 https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/shivam-patel-pharmd-candidate/2016/06/differences-between-osteoarthritis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis 5 https://www.who.int/chp/topics/rheumatic/en/ 6 https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/shivam-patel-pharmd-candidate/2016/06/differences-between-osteoarthritis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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