• Approximately 46 million adults – about one in every five (22%) - report having doctor diagnosed arthritis.
  •  The economic impact of arthritis is $128 billion: $81 billion for direct health care expenditures and $47 billion in indirect costs related to lost earnings.
  • Arthritis has been particularly problematic for women. In absolute numbers, since 1999, there has been a 22 percent increase in the number of women who attribute their disability to arthritis (6.4 million). 
  •  Estimates are that, with the aging of the Baby Boomers, 67 million adults will have arthritis by 2030.

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