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Arthritis Affecting 3 Million Hispanics -- But There are Ways to Manage it

A new study says arthritis is affecting 3.1 million Hispanics in the United States, with Puerto Ricans having the highest percentage of the debilitating condition, at 22 percent. 

The arthritis study, published by the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, said Cubans have the lowest prevalence of the condition, with 12 percent. 

The study looked at three types of arthritis – severe joint pain, activity limitations and work limitations. One in five adults and 300,000 children suffer from one type arthritis-attributable conditions, the study said.

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

Arthritis can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, staying active and learning techniques to manage arthritis, said Dr. Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

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According to the CDC, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., limiting the activities of nearly 21 million adults. The agency predicts that by 2030, about 67 million people will be affected by the condition, with 1 million more cases each year. 

Here are some techniques suggested to manage arthritis: 

- See a doctor regularly;

- Exercise, even if it’s only walking;

- Maintain a healthy weight; 

- Educate yourself about arthritis.

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