A new study says as many as a third of adults in Wisconsin have arthritis -- twice as many as earlier reports.
The increase could be attributed to an aging population and a change in how arthritis is defined.
Those people who have clinical symptoms of arthritis, not just those being treated, are now included in the count.
The study by the Wisconsin Arthritis Advisory Council says about 34 percent of adults in the state have some form of arthritis. That's about one-point-three million people.
Health care providers say many people can control or prevent the condition with exercise and healthy eating.
Arthritis and related conditions affect nearly 43 million Americans. That's one in every six people.
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Osteoarthritis: results from the wear and tear of life. The pressure of gravity causes physical damage to the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to pain, tenderness, swelling, and decreased function.
Rheumatoid arthritis: is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium (cell lining inside the joint).
There are ways to help prevent arthritis. Both CDC and the American College of Rheumatology recommend:
Source: http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/960326819.html (The Medical College of Wisconsin Healthlink Web site) contributed to this report.
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