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You and Your Health

Arthritis Has Limiting Effects on Hispanics More than Any Other Race

Arthritis affects approximately 50 million adults and specifically 3.1 million Hispanics in the United States, making it one of the most prevalent health conditions among U.S. adults and the most common cause of disability. Arthritis is associated with substantial activity limitation, work disability, increased prevalence of obesity, reduced quality of life, and high health-care costs.

In a new study featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it appears Hispanics are more negatively impacted by the aliment than any other population.  While non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks have a higher prevalence of doctor- diagnosed arthritis compared with Hispanics, Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks have a higher prevalence of arthritis-attributable effects compared with non-Hispanic whites.

Among all subgroups of Hispanics with arthritis, at least 20% of persons with arthritis reported an arthritis-attributable effect, i.e. activity limitations.  Puerto Ricans studied showed the highest rate of negative affect at 48.5%, followed by Mexican-Americans at 41.6% and Cuban Americans had the lowest rate, at 21.1%, of arthritis-attributable effects.