Who Does OA Affect?
- There is a very high likelihood that someone you know has osteoarthritis because osteoarthritis is one of the most widespread diseases in developed nations
- About 40% of the U.S. adult population has some form of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common form
- Today, more than 20 million people in the U. S. have the disease
- By 2030, over 70 million people will have passed their 65th birthday and will be at risk for osteoarthritis
- Younger people get osteoarthritis mainly from sports or work-related injuries.
- More than half of the population age 65 or older shows x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint
- Osteoarthritis tends to affect more women than men
- People who lack a healthy diet, cannot fully digest or absorb certain nutrients, have a genetic predisposition, or are overweight are particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis