How Old Are Your Joints?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) more than 52.5 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. More than half live with debilitating pain, as well as activity and functional limitations as a result. Many more certainly are living with daily joint pain yet to be officially diagnosed.

  • By the year 2030, more than 67 million adults (or greater than 25% of the U.S. population) will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
  • In a 2014 study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, compiling data from more than 147 studies conducted in 47 countries, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the U.S. however, osteoarthritis is now the leading cause of disability, surpassing disability from heart disease or stroke.
  • With the expanding number of overweight or obese adults (more than 1/3 of the population), and children (also more than 1 in 3, ages 2-19) in the U.S., these numbers are conservative estimates, likely to be even worse than predicted over the coming 15 years.

These are mind-blowing statistics!

A common misconception is that your family history, or genes, will determine whether or not you join the numbers above.

We now know that genetics, although important, are not the sole determining factor for development of joint pain or conditions such as osteoarthritis. In fact, research shows that your genetic code may account for as little as 20-30% of total risk.

Now this is what is exciting.

Every day habits such as nutrition, exercise, and changing the internal and external environment that you expose your body (and genes) to, will have a dramatic impact on your joint health.

Once thought to be a disease of aging, or “wear and tear”, experts believe that osteoarthritis, like many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, may be entirely preventable if you focus on the 70-80% of the equation that is in your control.

Take this 60-second quiz to determine your joint age

There is hope if you currently suffer from joint pain – and we are not talking about another medication to mask the symptoms.

Prevention, and even regeneration, are now within your reach.

Discover what you can do today to not become the next statistic.

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References

  • http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/national-statistics.html
  • http://ard.bmj.com/content/73/6/968.full
  • http://time.com/36242/lower-back-pain-is-no-1-cause-of-disability-worldwide
  • http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
  • http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm