September 03, 2008
Your Odds Of Arthritis Are Pretty High

Your odds of eventually suffering from osteoarthritis are pretty high.

ATLANTA, September 3, 2008 A landmark government study suggests nearly one in two people (46%) will develop painful knee osteoarthritis over their lifetime, with the highest risk among those who are obese. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the study underscores the immediate need for the public to understand what they can do to reduce the tremendous pain, disability and cost associated with arthritis.

Arthritis is exploding in an aging population of U.S. baby boomers. Nearly one in five U.S. adults (46 million people) has arthritis and an estimated 67 million people will be affected by 2030. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, currently affects more than 27 million people in the U.S.

Add in rheumatoid arthritis, decaying spinal disks, and other joint problems and your odds of eventually living in pain from skeletal pains become quite high. If you aren't living in pain now you probably will eventually - barring big advances in biomedical science and biotechnology.

For these and other reasons we need rejuvenation therapies. We need stem cell therapies, gene therapies, repair nanobots, better drugs, and other therapies that will undo the damage accumulating in all our bodies.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 September 03 11:08 PM  Aging Studies

JoanS said at September 6, 2008 6:03 PM:

Couldn't be all those joggers that I see pounding along on the cement could it?

Tom said at September 7, 2008 6:17 AM:

Another reason for boomers having problems that older generations magically seem to avoid: they don't take care of themselves.

I've practiced chinese martial arts for about 11 years now and I am routinely around folks in their 60's and older who have none of these problems. Why? They always stayed in shape and avoided high impact endurance exercise. High impact aerobics, jogging, etc. trashes connective tissue. Combine this with a lifetime of poor diet and excessive bodyweight and you have your answer.

My grandfather didn't have mobility problems until this year and he is 94. His secret, he always stayed active and never weighted more than 160 lbs.

Saoirse Hann said at September 7, 2008 8:38 AM:

I find it interesting, the kind of people who feel so helpless against cancer, auto immune disease, arthritis, etc...the same people who live in a box and will never look outside of it. The same people who proudly don there pink ribbon bumper stickers and the very same people who point fingers at the "quacks" who heal these maladies.

You see for as long as I have been taking responsibility for my own health, I have known that God has given us the ability to heal ourselves...I am living proof as well as hundreds of others I know. When you are truly connected to God and nature, you will know this...and so much more.

We are three part beings and the physical is only one aspect of our running and high impact aerobics will not cause any problems if you are healthy in all areas of your being...body, mind and spirit.

If you think your Doctor is going to keep you healthy, think again.

Of course, I'm one of those narcissists like Oprah, so don't listen to me.

You folks who buy into this sites "opinions" are truly MISSING SOMETHING.

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