Prevalence of arthritis is more common in women than men in India

On the eve of World Arthritis Day on Thursday AIIMS doctors warned about the rise in autoimmune disorders in the city due to air pollution

On the eve of World Arthritis Day on Thursday AIIMS doctors warned about the rise in autoimmune disorders in the city due to air pollution

"Although the word arthritis means joint inflammation, the term is used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions affecting the bones and tissues".

The researchers analyzed data which was based on over 6.4 million samples received for Arthritis (bone health) testing in over past 3.5 years.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease caused by cartilage loss in a joint and is more common in elderly people.

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While the mainstay of diagnostics in bone and joint disorders is Radiology e.g.

Blood tests are done as aids to arrive at a diagnosis and are not definitive in diagnosing arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is more commonly observed in women and more prevalent with ageing. Studies have observed that almost 45% of women over the age of 65 years have symptoms while radiological evidence is found in 70% of those over 65 years.

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As the world observes World Arthritis Day today, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) joins thousands around the world in acknowledging the disease's impact and effects.World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI), to raise awareness of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) amongst the medical community, people with RMDs, and the public.It is aimed at influencing public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it. Most frequent in adults, it afflicts between 0.5%-1% of the population in India.

Women are seen three to four times more frequently affected with RA than men. The onset is generally seen in 35- 55 years of age-group, he said.

The researchers found high levels ESR and CRP prescribed in arthritis' patients, the indicative of persistent inflammation of joints were more common in the East zone as compared to North zone. Alarmingly, India will emerge as the capital of Osteoarthritis by 2025 with more than 60 million to be likely affected.

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He said one of the main reasons is the increasing longevity and the fast-rising obesity. This lack of early diagnosis and treatment can lead to disability to the degeneration of joints, as they become inflamed, stiff, and swollen.Access to joint replacement for end stage joint disease is also problematic. "Maintaining joint health lifelong should be a goal of everyone's life".

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