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HHS HealthBeat (March 16, 2011)

Hispanics with arthritis

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

The first deep look at how common arthritis is among Hispanics finds the disease affects the lives of millions.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed national survey data. The report documented the toll that arthritis can take on lives. For instance, almost 1.4 million Hispanics said the disease limits their ability to be active. And about 1.2 million said they had severe pain.

Researcher Louise Murphy says people can act to prevent or control arthritis:

``If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk of getting osteoarthritis. If you already have arthritis, you can engage in low-impact exercise, such as walking.’’ (10 seconds)

The study is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011