Posted by: ugleepen | May 26, 2011

New Data Shows Arthritis Affects 3.1 Million Hispanics

arthritis and hispanicsThe Arthritis Foundation’s briefing on Capitol Hill that I talked about in “Tell Congress to Add Arthritis Health Initiatives” revealed which Hispanic groups are hit hardest and highlights the need for more outreach.

“Arthritis Today” has reported leaders of the Arthritis Foundation and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health had teamed up with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to present new data on Capitol Hill about rates of arthritis in the Hispanic community. It is from this report that I found the following information.

New numbers show arthritis affects 3.1 million Hispanics in the United States and causes one in five Hispanics to have severe joint pain and functional limitations. Interestingly, the data also shows that prevalence, pain and disability rates vary widely among different Hispanic sub groups.

Jane L. Delgado, PhD, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, said, “The important thing is we’re all working together and presenting this data as not just a challenge to people who are in decision-making roles, but also to us, to work together to make people’s lives better.”

“These findings suggest a critical need to expand the reach of effective strategies aimed at arthritis prevention and management, particularly among underserved populations,” said John H. Klippel, MD, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, also in attendance.

This is the first time the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had broken down arthritis data among seven different Latino sub groups – Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, South and Central Americans, Dominicans and Cubans. The new data, which is also published in the February 18 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows among those subgroups, Puerto Ricans have the highest rates of arthritis at 21.8 percent. Cuban Americans have the lowest rates at 11.7 percent.

Researchers also discovered that at least 20 percent of people in each of the Hispanic groups struggled with severe joint pain and functional limitations that affect work and other activities. Mexican-Americans reported the most work limitations: 41.6 percent, compared with 32.9 percent among Central and South Americans. Puerto Ricans reported the most severe joint pain: 44.1 percent, compared with 23.7 percent among Cubans and Cuban Americans.

Regardless of what group or sub-group you fall into, if you are experiencing limitations with your activities of daily living due to arthritis joint pain in your hands, you’ll be happy to learn that my UGLee Pen was designed for just such functional problems. It is comfortable, easy to use, and even relaxing. Using this ergonomic pen, writing can become one activity that you’ll actually enjoy.

(Photo credit hispanichealth.org)

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