Drs Badley and Ansari found that arthritis prevalence was higher in American women at 23.3% compared with 19.6% of Canadian women. Women in the U.S. also had a higher prevalence of AAL than Canadian women at 13.0% versus 9.2%. The overall occurrence of arthritis and AAL in men was similar in both countries at roughly 14% and 6%, respectively.
The authors suggested that the higher prevalence of arthritis and AAL in the U.S. may be a consequence of greater obesity and physical inactivity in that country, particularly in women.
Physical activity and dietary intake patterns over your lifespan will impact on health and functional status in later years and old age.
Act now to address these lifestyle and behavioral factors that play a role in the etiology and prevention of many chronic diseases including ses cancer and coronary heart disease.
Elizabeth Badley and Hina Ansari. Arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitations in the United States and Canada: A cross-border comparison. Arthritis Care & Research, Volume 62 Issue 3, Pages 308 - 315
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